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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  • Background Papers

    The Study Panel commissioned four background papers. (See attached files at bottom of page).

    Paper 1
    Dunstan Spencer, Peter Matlon and Huub Löffler, African Agricultural Production And Productivity In Perspective.

    Paper 2
    P.S. Bindraban and R. Rabbinge, Technologies That Can Make a Difference. Enhancing Agricultural Productivity in Africa.

    Paper 3
    Johannes Roseboom, Nienke Beintema and Sudip Mitra, Building Impact-Oriented R&D Institutions.

    Paper 4
    Carl K. Eicher, Rebuilding Africa's Scientific Capacity In Food and Agriculture.

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