Eight years down the line, that target is far from being met, with fertiliser use in most countries in sub-Saharan Africa still standing at below 25kg per hectare.
Food security policies in Africa have tended to prioritise the production or importation of the traditional energy-rich cereal staples such as maize, wheat, and rice. Unfortunately, such policies have overlooked the importance of balanced and healthy diets for households and communities and ended up creating a malnutrition crisis, also known as hidden hunger, on the continent.
The story of Beatrice Nyamwamu demonstrates the impact women in agriculture can make in senior public service roles. Ms Nyamwamu, who has been in public service for 25 years, is currently the director-general of Kenya’s crops sector regulator, the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA), and previously headed its food crops directorate.