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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  • Agricultural R&D Investments
    Reliable quantitative data on agricultural research investments and their impact are in short supply around the world and particularly so in Africa. This section summarizes and analyzes the quantitative but often incomplete and scattered data available on Africa and, where possible, compares them with comparable data for other parts of the world. The focus is on more detailed S&T investment data recently compiled by the CGIAR Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) Initiative for some 14 of 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Together these 14 countries represent close to 70 percent of the agricultural research staff as well as the value of agricultural output (AgGDP) in Sub-Saharan Africa - unfortunately ASTI does not have current data for North Africa.
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