Entertainment brand Elani has thrown its weight behind Greenpeace Africa’s campaign for practice of environmentally safe agriculture.
The fact that food security is one of the items of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda means that we must all contribute towards successful agriculture. We should get to that point where Kenya does not have to import foodstuff. After all, most of these imports are coming into the country already contaminated and therefore dangerous for human consumption,” said Elani.
The band said their presence in Greenpeace campaigns will serve to encourage the youth to embrace agriculture, adding that this is the only way of ensuring the country had enough food to feed its rural and urban populations.
Speaking to journalists over the weekend, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Food for Life Campaign manager, Renee Olende government’s obsession with food security was misguided, adding the ultimate solution to the country’s perennial food shortage was food sovereignty.
This country’s food challenges cannot be addressed by promoting food security but rather food sovereignty where farmers are left to make major decisions on what to produce,” said Ms Olende.
She said her organization supports a petition by Kenya Small Scale Farmers (KESSF) to the government to make it a legal budgetary requirement to allocate the agricultural sector at least 10% of the national budget every financial year, saying that would empower farmers and set the country in the course to achieve food sovereignty.
According to the Nyeleni Declaration of 2007, food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.
Greenpeace Africa has been in the fore front of campaigns for ecologically friendly agricultural practices for the last four years.