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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  • Recommendations
    • Adopt a market-led productivity improvement strategy
    • Adopt a production ecological approach with a primary focus on identified continental priority farming systems
    • Pursue a strategy of integrated sustainable intensification
    • Bridge the genetic divide
    • Recognize the potential of rainfed agriculture and accord it priority
    • Reduce land degradation and replenish soil fertility
    • Explore higher-scale integrated catchment strategies for natural resource management
    • Promote the conservation, sustainable and equitable use of biodiversity
    • Enhance use of mechanical energy and power
    • Embrace information and communication technology at all levels
    • Improve the coping strategies of farmers in response to environmental variability and climate change
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