with over $500 billion annual revenue accruing from offerings, thithes, seeds and sundry investments, religious organisations in Africa have divest investments in every sectors, but Agriculture.
Since food insecurity is still a mjor problem in the Continent, the question to ask is
” Who will grow the food for the faithfuls to eat, Angels or the unbelievers”?
With over 1.3 billion people living in 54 countries in Africa, a GDP growth of about 3.7% and a total GDP of $ 2.58 trillion, Africa can be described as a resource rich continent.
Ironically food insecurity and poor nutrition is still a major cause of deaths in the region.
Data from the Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition shows that the prevalence of undernourishment was rising in the region
The latest data shows that there are over 300 million hungry people in Africa today and the numbers are rising daily
“Food insecurity has been rising in Africa in recent years and the continent is not on track to eliminate hunger by 2030”
What are religious organizations doing about these trends?
With the vast economic resources available to religious organization in Africa (modelled after typical capitalist systems) these institutions have divested investments in different sectors of the economy
- Oil and gas
- Real estates
- Transportations, Logistics, Land, Airlines and Shipping
- Education (Private Learning instituions)
- Imports Trades
- Tourism, Pilgrimages, Hoteling
- Forex Trading
- Event center Management
- Publishing. etc
Why not Agriculture?
“Reports show that, the average African farm performs at only about 40% of its potential.
And on present trends the continent will only produce 13% of its food needs by 2050”.
Yet African agriculture also has the greatest promise: a growing population, vibrant markets and half the world’s uncultivated arable land.
If religious faithfuls are encouraged by their leaders through showing practical example to invest in Agriculture and it’s value chain, the hunger crisis in Africa will be slowed down drastically.
Leaders and influncers in religious affairs in Africa must rise to the challenge of working towards ending food insecurity and its attendant effect, by deliberatley putting resources into agriculture and agric business
Failure to do this, will leave us with the following questions
What is the value of religion without conscience?
How confortable can religious leaders be, as they lay back in their ivory bed with millions of their faithful and potential converts dying of starvation?
What is the use of the multi-billion dollars, capacity seating worship monuments and world class edifices when the basic tenets of religion are not obeyed by religious leaders?
Since religious organizations are not for profit making, and are tax exempt, how is the huge revenue at their disposal contributing to the social economic welfare of Africans, beyond numbing their pains with hope?
Why have religious organizations which have divers’ investments in different sectors deliberately ignored the Agriculture sector?