Boosting regional trade in Africa

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A recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, ‘The state of agricultural commodity markets’, says that international trade has the potential to stabilize markets and reallocate food from surplus to deficit regions, helping countries adapt to climate change and contribute towards food security.

However, the report adds that we must “ensure that the evolution and expansion of agricultural trade is equitable and works for the elimination of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition globally. What happens in one part of the globe will undoubtedly affect other parts, and domestic and foreign policies must take account of this.”

This sentiment also applies to how African countries make use of trade measures, such as import tariffs, to create an environment in which agricultural development will not be scuppered by cheap food imports.

Practical organic farming

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Sustainable agriculture

When there were no chemical pesticides or fertilizers, all farmers practiced
organic farming. Farmers used what was freely available around them; they
did not particularly need money. Everything around them – in nature,
byproducts of farming, any organic matter, etc. – was highly valued and
treated with respect. Organic farming is not new to us. For thousands of
years, farming belonged to the farmers. Historically there were almost no instances
when a farmer could not farm because he had no money. A man with
no means of living should at least be able to live off the land. One should be
able to resort to farming when one has no money. But nowadays, one should
already have money in order to do farming. There are so many things to buy,
invest and equip.
Organic farming today has evolved into a strange system where you have to
“buy expensive things from afar instead of valuing what is near and cheap.”
Why? Because manufacturers, distributors and retailers of farm inputs were behind
the development of organic farming to shape it into its current form.
their profit-seeking attitude motivated the development of agricultural technologies to that effect.
Organic farming is not something new. It is still vivid in our memories.
method practiced by our ancestors holds the key to solving the problem of
high-cost modern organic farming. It contains an entire system of utilizing microorganisms,
liquid fertilizers and doing pest control. We are open to new
methods developed by members. New methods and techniques are being continuously
incorporated into the AgroLife system to shape an organic farming
that is much lower-cost, easier and simpler than conventional farming. Africans
should be proud as the founders of organic farming. Stop looking for answers
in “modern Western” agriculture and neglect the thousands of years of our organic
farming history.
AgroLife Organic Farming
Let us bring farming back to the farmers. Nobody else but “I” should be the
farming expert. Only then will you recover the viability of your farming. Let us
stop increasing cost with the dream of selling at high prices and making big
money. Viability means that you should still be able to make ends meet after
selling at market price because you have succeeded in reducing the cost to an
ultra-low level. I immensely believe that AgroLife will provide hope for farmers of all
countries in this age where trade of agricultural products are becoming more
and more free, price competition is becoming more intense.

Organic farming

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From AgroLife’s perspective, a technology does not qualify as “organic” just
because it excludes chemicals. If organic farming cannot compete with conventional
farming in terms of productivity and price, not many people will choose
to practice organic farming. Many people say you have to do organic farming
for the environment and people’s health, but people will choose to do organic
farming only when it is profitable. To be profitable, it has to be simple and
doable, cost-saving and cheap, scientific and effective.
Only then will organic farming replace conventional farming. If organic
farming keeps being something that you “should” do because it is something
good “despite” the high-cost and difficulty; then it will forever be something
practiced by a minority. It is time organic farming take off its two drawbacks:
being difficult and being expensive. Try AgroLife organic farming that is easy
and low-cost. AgroLife promotes four aims:
● Simple: principles are simple
● Easy: easy to make
● Scientific: methodology is scientific
● Effective: process is highly effective and low-cost
AgroLife has striven to create an agricultural system based on SESE because
we believe that only when a system of farming has achieved SESE will farmers
embrace it voluntarily and in significant numbers. AgroLife organic farming-
SESE was made possible because the foundation was laid down by the pioneers
of organic farming and a knowledge was shared by many organic growers that
supported AgroLife. SESE holds the key to high-quality and high-yield.

Intention

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We are into Innovation and World Class Proven Technologies, into Poverty eradication by helping farmers, providing solutions through the application
of Strategies and bench-marking with Top World Economies.
Including Comprehensive ICT Management Resource Integration
Systems and Financial Management System.
Food Security Development mainly in organic All rounder Farming,
both crop, medicinal crop production, livestock, Agro-processing and

value adding approaches and effective distribution mainly to rural parts
of affected countries, reaching the forgotten and unreachable.