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The African continent is faced with various, multi dimensional challenges, unprecedented poverty, social instability and environmental crises. As the result, although Africa possesses 31% of the world’s natural resources and 17% percent of the world’s population, it only contributes 1% to world’s trade or market economy. According to USAID report 390 million Africans do not consume the required 2100 calories a day. If business as usual continues, that number would increase to 500 million by 2020. Agriculture has a large role to play because 60% or more Africans depend upon farming or grazing livestock for employment and income and the chronically undernourished are the ones living in the countryside, among families that farm.
Rapid population growth, environmental degradation, deforestation and siltation aggravates the negative impact of climate change, especially so in Africa and developing countries. Furthermore, Will Masters, Professor of Economics of Food policy at Tufts, argued that productivity growth is a central component of poverty and food insecurity, with both direct benefits for farmers’ incomes and indirect benefits in lowering food prices for consumers. Africa has low levels of productivity growth by unit of land. To improve the situation it was proposed that peace, good governance, problem solving education and practical agricultural research would be essential.
Because of these and many other reasons, some African countries in collaboration with various stakeholders have initiated comprehensive, bold and timely development program like GTP in the case of Ethiopia. The framework and plan of the proposed and ongoing program are sound and could bring about significant transformation in enhancing the household and community livelihood and economy. This sort of developmental breakthrough can only be achieved with full participation of the people as key stakeholders.
It is in this context that the Green and Peaceful Africa Development Initiative proposes the Integrated Bioeconomy System as one of the component of a pragmatic road map to achieve the main destinations of green, peaceful and trading Ethiopia along with other African countries.
The Integrated Bioeconomy System is based upon 3 major dimensions. These include Social, Economic and Ecological capital building. It is science and evidence-based approach to sustainable livelihood, has caught the attention of many development partners, policy makers, development practitioners, farming communities and private sectors in Ethiopia and elsewhere. Within Ethiopia, the IBS centers are established in Addis Ababa, Assela, Mekelle, Assosa, and Sebeta. Outside Ethiopia, the IBS approach is now also being introduced in Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, and Mozambique, and discussions are now taking place with various institutions and government bodies in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Cameroon to bring about partnerships to scale up the IBS even further at the continent level.
Vision: To see green, healthy, food secured peaceful and vibrant trading Ethiopia in particular and Africa in general.
Mission: The PGAI intends to work in Ethiopia and Africa by preparing citizens to assume increasingly productive roles in the development, use, and management of Social, Economic and Ecological Capital and by conducting innovative, strategic operational research that informs policy development, improves farming and non-farming management practices, and increases efficiency in using social, economic and ecological resources.
Strategic objectives: The PGAI intends to establish model villages that will become green and integrated peaceful villages in Ethiopia and other African Countries.
· The establishment of peace and green settlement villages model for the “ Africana family & Friends of Africa” for peace teaching and green leaving culture.
· The establishment of an Institute for Africana Peace and Advancement ( IAPA) USA/Africa that will be the nerve center for a global network of Africana institutions, scholars, researchers, innovators and artists to provide the intellectual, scientific, technological, philosophical, artistic, cultural and economic propulsion for the activities of the new Beginning Initiative.
· The facilitation of convening activities to propagate and foster understanding among diverse Africana communities; to establish and promote professional groupings/associations for consultations, peer review, standardization, excellence, strategy an practical applications; to celebrate and promote Africana culture and heritage; and to propagate creative and sensible socio-economic pathways for advancement.
· Engagement in public diplomacy to advance the case for a peace dividend and economic benefit through public education, grass roots engagement and advocacy to raise awareness, increase consciousness and to mobilize for creative and synergistic collaborations and partnerships in the process of mutual development and growth.
· Initiating the development of a logical framework for the establishment of Africana zones of peace and how to lead in the exigency of establishing a new world order for global harmony, ecological balance and respect for human rights.
· Supporting, advising and working with the African Diaspora One Stops Consultancy Office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to serve Africans who want to re-immigrate back to Africa to contribute. Invest, work or live in Africa. To support and empower African Peace & Green Conversation and African Community Centers in the Diaspora.
· NBI Ethiopia Team
· Bioeconomy Africa
· METAWOCHU talk show
· Federal Ministries
· Regional Governments
· International NGOs and Research Organizations