Realizing the Promise and Potential of African Agriculture

Africa is rich in both natural and human resources, yet nearly 200 million of its people are undernourished because of inadequate food supplies.  Comprehensive strategies are needed across the continent to harness the power of science and technology (S&T) in ways that boost agricultural productivity, profitability, and sustainability -- ultimately ensuring that all Africans have access to enough safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs.  This report addresses the question of how science and technology can be mobilized to make that promise a reality.

Africa is rich in both natural and human resources, yet nearly 200 million of its people are undernourished because of inadequate food supplies.  Comprehensive strategies are needed across the continent to harness the power of science and technology (S&T) in ways that boost agricultural productivity, profitability, and sustainability -- ultimately ensuring that all Africans have access to enough safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs.  This report addresses the question of how science and technology can be mobilized to make that promise a reality.

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  • Annex A. Priority Issues That Emerged From African Regional Consultative Workshops

    The IAC Study Panel conducted a series of joint consultative African regional workshops, in association with subregional organizations, during January and February 2003. Summary proceedings of these four work-shops are accessible from the IAC website, www.interacademycouncil.net. Sponsors, dates, location, and participant numbers for the four workshops follow:

    • Eastern and Central Africa (Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa/InterAcademy Council ((ASARECA)/IAC), 31 January-2 February 2003, Inter-Continental Hotel Nairobi, Kenya; 43 participants.
    • Northern Africa (Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa ((AARINENA)/IAC), 3-5 February 2003, Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Rabat, Morocco; 30 participants.
    • Southern Africa (National Department of Agriculture, Republic of South Africa/IAC), 7-9 February 2003, Magaliesburg, South Africa; 32 participants.
    • Western and Central Africa (Le Counseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Developpement Agricoles ((CORAF)/IAC), 10-12 February 2003, Dakar, Senegal; 45 participants.

    The aims of the workshop were twofold: (1) understand the regional constraints to improved agricultural productivity as a means of improving food security; and (2) identify explicitly the role of science and technology (S&T) in alleviating constraints and exploiting opportunities.

    Following are the priority issues that emerged from the regional consultative workshops. It should be noted that the listing does not imply any particular order of priority by the Study Panel. It represents the predominant views of those attending the consultative workshops.

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