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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  • Study Panel

    Co-Chairs

    Speciosa Wandira KAZIBWE
    Former Vice-President of the Republic of Uganda
    Rudy RABBINGE
    Dean, Graduate Schools, Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands
    M.S. SWAMINATHAN
    Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, India

    Members

    Mohamed BESRI
    Professor, Hassan II Institute of Agronomy & Veterinary Medicine, Morocco
    Maria Manuela CHAVES
    Professor, Faculty of Agronomy, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
    Avílio Antonio FRANCO
    Member, Agronomy Advisory Committee, Brazilian Research Council, Brazil
    Ryuichi ISHII, Professor
    College of Bio-resource Science, Nihon University, Japan
    Jikun HUANG
    Director, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
    Renald LAFOND
    Senior Program Specialist, ICT for Development, International Development Research Centre, Canada
    Peter MATLON
    Deputy Director for Food Security, Rockefeller Foundation, United States
    Ahmadou Lamine NDIAYE
    Vice-President, Academy of Sciences and Technology of Senegal
    Bongiwe NJOBE
    Director General, National Department of Agriculture, South Africa
    Emmanuel Uche ODIGBOH
    Professor, Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Nigeria
    Gideon ORON
    Professor, Environment Water Resources Unit, Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
    Per PINSTRUP-ANDERSEN
    Professor, Cornell University, USA, and The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark
    Elly N. SABIITI
    Former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Makerere University, Uganda
    Jose SARUKHAN
    Professor, Instituto de Ecologia, National University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico
    Jennifer THOMSON
    Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

    Special Adviser

    Louise FRESCO
    Assistant Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

    Directorate

    Jim RYAN
    Study Director, Visiting Fellow, Economics Division, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University
    Prem BINDRABAN
    Associate Study Director, Team Leader, Natural Resources, Agrosystems-research, Wageningen Agricultural University and Research Centre, The Netherlands
    Huub LOFFLER
    Research Associate, Team Leader, Food and Health, BU Genetics and Breeding, Wageningen Agricultural University and Research Centre, The Netherlands

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