Prof. Ogindo Speaks at DalAqua: Leaving No one Behind in the Conversation about Food Systems

Prof. Ogindo Speaks at DalAqua: Leaving No one Behind in the Conversation about Food Systems

Prof. Harun Ogindo (Right)

Recently, Prof Ogindo, an experienced researcher and Professor of Agricultural Meteorology from Maseno University visited DalAqua Farm and shared his views on the importance of inclusive food systems to achieve food security, particularly in rural communities. He stressed that women and youth must be involved in the discussion for any progress to be made. In this blog post, we will explore the ideas that Prof Ogindo shared on the importance of food security and inclusive food systems.

At DalAqua, we believe that achieving food security requires an inclusive approach that empowers everyone, including women and youth. Women make up a significant proportion of the world’s agricultural workforce and are responsible for feeding their families, yet they often lack access to the resources and opportunities needed to increase their productivity and income. Similarly, youth empowerment is essential in addressing the challenges faced in food security. Young people are the future of agriculture, and their involvement and engagement are critical to achieving food security in the long term.

The importance of women and youth in food security
According to Prof Ogindo, it is no secret that food security is a critical issue that affects not just individuals but entire communities and nations. To ensure that everyone has access to adequate and nutritious food, we must work towards inclusive food systems that involve all members of society, particularly women and youth.
Women and youth play a vital role in food security, especially in rural communities where they make up the majority of the population. Women are often responsible for producing, processing, and preparing food, while youth are the future farmers and leaders who will shape the future of food systems. 

However, these groups are often left out of the conversation about food security, and their voices are not always heard. This is where youth and women empowerment come in. By empowering women and youth and involving them in decision-making processes, we can ensure that their unique perspectives and experiences are considered. This can lead to more effective and sustainable solutions that benefit everyone.

For example, youth empowerment can involve providing education and training in sustainable agriculture and innovative technologies that can improve food production and distribution. Women empowerment, on the other hand, can involve giving women access to land, credit, and other resources that can help them to increase their agricultural productivity.

We cannot achieve food security without the active involvement of women and youth. By empowering these groups and including them in the conversation, we can work towards a more just and equitable food system that benefits everyone.”- Prof. Ogindo.

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