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.
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:
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.