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Celebrating Africa Day: Highlighting Emerging Ag’s Impact

Celebrated on May 25th every year, Africa day commemorates the founding of the African Union in 1963. This day is an opportunity to reflect on Africa’s progress and celebrate its achievements, given its rich history and diverse cultures. At Emerging Ag, our work in the continent, spanning across climate-smart agriculture, soil health, women’s empowerment in agribusiness, and more, reflects the transformative changes underway in Africa’s food systems.

Climate-Smart Agriculture as a Path to Resilience

Emerging Ag has been instrumental in promoting climate-smart agriculture, a crucial strategy for enhancing resilience against climate change. At the Africa Food Systems Forum 2023 Summit in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, significant outcomes included the widespread adoption of climate-smart practices that enhance food security and protect natural resources. These initiatives not only drive agricultural innovation but also uplift and empower communities. The forum underscored the urgent need to reenergize political will and investment in sustainable agriculture, showcasing how digital innovations and youth engagement can transform African food systems in the face of climate challenges.

Advancing Agricultural Productivity through Soil Health

In May 2024, Emerging Ag participated in the Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health (AFSH) Summit, held in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit marked a pivotal moment for soil health improvement across the continent with key outcomes from the summit including the development of the ten-year Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plan, which addresses primary soil health constraints and fosters a dynamic fertilizer market. The Soil Initiative for Africa (SIA) was also highlighted, promoting sustainable soil management practices. These efforts are crucial for driving agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the vital role of healthy soils in ensuring food security.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Driving Inclusive Growth

The Women SME Accelerator Program, launched by the FAO and the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) in 2022, has significantly empowered women entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector. By providing mentorship, workshops, and capacity development to over 50 women from over 28 countries yearly, the program has created a supportive network that helps women overcome challenges and drive their businesses forward. This empowerment leads to flourishing businesses, thriving communities, and progress towards gender equality. Celebrating these achievements on Africa Day highlights the importance of fostering inclusive growth and supporting women in leadership roles.

A Promising Future

As we commemorate Africa Day, we look ahead with optimism. The efforts of Emerging Ag in promoting climate-smart agriculture, enhancing soil health, and empowering women entrepreneurs pave the way for a resilient, sustainable, and inclusive future for Africa. Let us continue to support these initiatives and work towards a brighter and more prosperous continent for all.

Demas Mugambi

Demas is passionate about digital communications and improving the digital footprint of big ideas. At Emerging Ag, he works with the communication team on graphic design, developing media resources, and social media management. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he integrates mainstream and new age marketing to help ambitious organisations meet their online goals. Deploying out-of-the-norm creative approaches, he builds or fortifies new ideas and products in markets across the world. Demas holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, and certifications in ACCA, as well as branding, content, and social media.

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