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UCC: labor and the productivity of land and water, two resources to overcome food insecurity, according to Pr Edgard Makunza

Kinshasa, May 2nd, 2022 (CPA).- Pr Edgard Makunza Keke of the Catholic University of Congo (UCC) indicated that in most countries exposed to food insecurity, the two main resources used are labor and land and water productivity. He said so in his presentation on the need for « creation and management of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for food security in the DRC, context and realities », during the international conference of the UCC organized from April 26th to 29th, 2022 within this alma mater in the municipality of Limete. In his view, overcoming chronic hunger and poverty requires investing in people and in productivity. « The fight against hunger is not only a humanitarian imperative, it is also an action that has strong economic justifications », he said, before insisting on the economic cost of hunger and underprivilege.

food as well as their effects in terms of productivity, morbidity and extremely high mortality. Professor Makunza said that undernourishment significantly affects physical abilities, learning and development, which, according to him, leads to a drop in productivity and a reduction in the profitability of economic investments, even those made in the Agriculture. He wanted to see the Congolese State respond to daily food needs in order to fight against hunger which inhibits production potential.

Plea for a political economy of living together For his part, Professor Adelard Kaseshi of the UCC pleaded in his intervention focused on « an application of the economy of living together: the economy of education », for the application in the DRC of an economy of living together, which according to him, applied to education, seeks educational coherence in order to produce high-performing students and citizens, capable of reflecting and responding to questions that arise in their immediate environment. For this, he argued, there must be an education in collective or plural intelligence capable of apprehending the complexity of the world of problems rather than a blind intelligence, followers of political parties and social movements.

He deplored the destruction of the Congolese educational system which today is reduced to the mysticism of the diploma as an end, the logical consequence of which is that this system today produces lunatics and conformists who copy and recite in the name of their blind intelligence, of the theories of the Western world in full disconnection with the needs of society. Ubuntu: A Culture of Peace Philosophy In addition, Professor Félicien Mpuku of the UCC presented on the theme « Ubuntu: philosophy, ethics and culture of peace ».

For him, the Ubuntu concept, which is at the center of muntu’s life, is present in all Congolese languages. He presented the different aspects of this philosophy, in particular, the approach to peace, politics, the economy, ethics, social issues, living together and the protection of values ​​and the fight against anti-values, tribalism. and apartheid, real obstacles to development. The meaning of Ubuntu, according to the speaker, is that life is the strength of relationships, a reconquest of humanity by highlighting sharing, the economy at the service of living together, the idea of ​​interdependence. ACP/

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