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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  • Institutional Arrangements
    African countries today typically have a complex array of institutions responsible for the planning, funding and conduct of agricultural research and the dissemination of technology options arising from it. These include national agricultural research institutions (NARIs), universities, international agricultural research centres (IARCs) and extension services, which historically have been publicly funded. In addition there is the private sector, farmer organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) that are predominantly funded from private sources. The national agricultural research system (NARS) embodies this array, although the elements largely act independently of each other with a minimum of coordination.
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