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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  • Report Review

    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. BALAJI
    Head, Information Resource Management Office, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India
    Roger N. BEACHY
    President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Joachim VON BRAUN
    Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, United States
    Carl N. HODGES
    Chairman, Desert Development Foundation, Tucson, Arizona, USA
    Monty P. JONES
    Executive Secretary, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Accra, Ghana
    Akin MABOGUNJE
    Profesor Emeritus, University of Ibadan, and Chairman of Policy Studies Center, Ibadan, Nigeria.
    Joseph MUKIIBI
    Former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda
    Raj PARODA
    Former Director General of Agriculture Research, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas Central Asia and the Caucasus (ICARDA-CAC) Regional Office, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    Jim PEACOCK
    Research Fellow, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia
    Muhammad Abed PEERALLY
    Professor of Agricultural Botany, University of Mauritius, Vacoas, Mauritius
    Pedro A. SANCHEZ
    Director of Tropical Agriculture, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA
    Emmy SIMONS
    Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, USA
    Anne-Lucie RAOULT WACK
    Agropolis 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. HERREN
    Director General, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya
    Mamphela A. RAMPHELE
    Managing 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.

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