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.
This report was externally reviewed in draft form by 13 internationally renowned experts chosen for their diverse perspectives, technical knowledge and geographical representation, in accordance with procedures approved by the IAC Board. The purpose of this independent review was to provide candid and critical comments that would help the IAC to produce a sound report that met the IAC standards for objectivity, evidence and responsiveness to the study charge. The review procedure and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. The IAC wishes to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:
V. BALAJIHead, Information Resource Management Office, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, IndiaRoger N. BEACHYPresident, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri, USAJoachim VON BRAUNDirector General, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, United StatesCarl N. HODGESChairman, Desert Development Foundation, Tucson, Arizona, USAMonty P. JONESExecutive Secretary, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Accra, GhanaAkin MABOGUNJEProfesor Emeritus, University of Ibadan, and Chairman of Policy Studies Center, Ibadan, Nigeria.Joseph MUKIIBIFormer Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Makarere University, Kampala, UgandaRaj PARODAFormer Director General of Agriculture Research, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas Central Asia and the Caucasus (ICARDA-CAC) Regional Office, Tashkent, UzbekistanJim PEACOCKResearch Fellow, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, AustraliaMuhammad Abed PEERALLYProfessor of Agricultural Botany, University of Mauritius, Vacoas, MauritiusPedro A. SANCHEZDirector of Tropical Agriculture, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, USAEmmy SIMONSAssistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, USAAnne-Lucie RAOULT WACKAgropolis International, Montpellier, France
Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions and recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release.
The review of this report was overseen by:
Hans R. HERRENDirector General, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, KenyaMamphela A. RAMPHELEManaging Director for Human Development, The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
Appointed by the IAC Co-Chairs, these review monitors were responsible for ascertaining that the independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with IAC procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. However, responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring Study Panel and the InterAcademy Council.