Farming First’s Ajay Vashee discussed how protectionism in the agricultural marketplace impacts global food security and the development goals of the G8 countries for smallholder farmers around the world.
Vashee notes that much of the agricultural products grown in Africa — when not being eaten directly by the farmers themselves — is destined for the export market. He also discusses how regional and interregional trade on the African continent is still underdeveloped.
Vashee said that there is
not only a moral ground but also an economic one for [the G8 countries] to seriously look at this if they want global food security worldwide.
Listen to the BBC Network Africa interview with Mr Vashee here:
Vashee, President of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) and a practicing farmer in Zambia, discusses Farming First’s six core principles and the recent work that the group had been doing to present their priorities to policymakers at the UN Commission for Sustainable Development policy session.
Listen to the the audio file of the Farming First interview here: