Sunday, May 19, 2024

NFU President takes on additional role as international charity ambassador

NFU President Minette Batters has been appointed as an ambassador for Farm Africa – an international charity dedicated to reducing poverty by empowering farmers in eastern Africa to grow a secure food supply.

The charity places a high priority on environmental sustainability and develops natural approaches that help farmers to improve their yields and incomes without degrading their natural resources.

The NFU has a long history with Farm Africa, including raising funds when officeholders ran the 2016 London Marathon in support of the charity.

Vulnerable farming communities in eastern Africa are facing what has been described as a triple ‘C’ crisis of conflict, covid-shocks, and the climate crisis – all of which is causing widespread risk to live with Ethiopia and Kenya both facing acute food insecurity.

Minette Batters said: “As a farmer myself I am all too aware of the challenges farmers are facing across the world: an increasingly unpredictable climate, rapidly rising inflation and the degradation of natural resources.

“While all farmers are familiar with these challenges, they are reaching crisis point in eastern Africa where farmers are experiencing the worst drought in 40 years, coupled with huge rises in production costs as fertiliser prices spiral due to the conflict in Ukraine.”

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