PARTICIPATORY Ecology Land Use Management say governments should aim to implement policies that will help farmers develop while noting that small scale farmers have the potential to bring about development in rural areas. PARTICIPATORY Ecology Land Use Management (PELUM) has called on governments in developing countries to critically look into the plight of small scale farmers.
Speaking at the just ended symposium for small scale farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa, PELUM Association chairperson Charles Nyakora Onyango said governments should aim to implement policies that will help farmers develop.
He said small scale farmers have the potential to bring about development in rural areas.
“We call upon government to look into developing small scale farmers because farmers are the cornerstone of any economy and must become the cornerstone of sustainable rural development,” Mr. Onyango said. “Small scale farmers are an integral part of the global and harmonized development process of each nation.”
Mr. Onyango said if farmers are fully developed, there would be no need of using Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in order to achieve food security in the country.
He also noted that GMOs have a negative impact on the development of the small scale farmers in the region.
“As PELUM we continue to say no to the use of GMOs in order to safe guard the interest of the farmers in terms of seed security and sustainability,’’ Mr. Onyango said. “However, we strongly believe that the use of our own indigenous seed and management of production system ecology will contribute immensely towards improving food security in Africa.”
Meanwhile, Rural Small Scale Farmer’s chairperson Dorcas Shonga appealed to government to prevent land allocations meant for agriculture to foreigners in the name of investment.
She said doing this lowers farmers’ capacity in growing more agricultural produce as well as their capacity to make more money.
PELUM started with a membership of 25 organisation to date the member has grown to 258 Civil Society Organizations working on sustainable rural development in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. These countries include Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Ethiopia
FIFA GRASSROOTS PROJECT DUE FOR TAKE OFF
The Ministry of Sports and FAZ has laid the ground for FIFA spearheaded grassroots project for youth development.
Ministry of Sports Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga said the project will be under the wings of the Ministry of Education and will target youth from eight years going upwards.
The tripartite agreement will be signed next Wednesday and will formalize the commitment of the parties to work together to implement the FIFA Grassroots Project from 2017-2020.
“The FIFA Grassroots project will cover three parties which is Ministry of Education, Sports and FAZ,” she said.
And FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe said that the project will enhance the development of football.
Liwewe said the move was part of the wider goal of FAZ to develop youth football.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga put youth football on top of his developmental agenda pinning it among his three key areas that involved league restructuring, referees education and youth football on top of his transparency gospel.
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FIFA RESPONDS TO FAZ COMPLAINT ON NIGERIA APPEAL
FIFA has put a close to the debate around the complaint lodged by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) over an Augustine Mulenga disallowed goal in the 1-0 loss against Nigeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 7.
The World soccer governing body has ruled that it would not act on the complaint as per their regulations there was no evidence of external influence or manipulation.
According to a letter signed by Disciplinary Committee vice chairperson Julien Deux, dated October 17, 2017 there could be no action as guided by article 5.6 of the FIFA regulations the referee’s decision is final.
“In this context, we refer your association to article 15 par 6, of the regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which clearly stipulates that no protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play. Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal,” stated the letter.
“Having said that, and for the sake of good order, we would like to emphasize that on the basis of the documentation and information currently in our possession, there is no evidence of any infringement of the applicable regulations by the referees of the match in question.”
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) filed a complaint with FIFA seeking an independent review of the match officiated by Botswana referee Joshua Bondo.
There was widespread outcry for FAZ to appeal to FIFA over the disallowed goal with parallels drawn with other situations where the world soccer governing body had ordered replays.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga had told journalists on the permutations of the outcome when journalists pressed him in the aftermath of the match in Uyo.
“But the rules being what they are you cannot overturn the decision of the referee,” Kamanga said.
“The only basis is when there was external influence. So the referee maybe carpeted for making a wrong decision but the decision still stands and unfortunately that is where we stand.”
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