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Africa’s ability to sustain its current rapid growth will depend largely on how quickly it will be able to shift from reliance on traditional commodity markets to modern economic structures that focus on technology-driven development. ... Read more
As we approach 2015, there is an increased sense of urgency amongst African heads of states to live up to the promises they set in delivery of Millennium Development Goals.... Read more
For more than three decades, I have advocated for the African woman smallholder farmer. The farmers of the future may not be small, and are not necessarily only women. That is why starting early to mentor and empower young people with knowledge is important.... Read more
Africa is facing a shortage of quality seeds. Poor seed combined with climate change is exacerbating the already critical food shortage in sub-Saharan Africa.
Africa‘s soils are among the most degraded in the world, and steps must be taken to increase fertility and encourage the use of better agronomic practices.
African smallholder farmers have limited access to local and regional markets, reducing their ability to sell their produce. This limits smallholder incomes and food security in general.
Policy and regulatory bottlenecks hamper the adoption of new technologies by smallholder farmers and discourage investment by other value chain actors. Much must be done to create better enabling policy environments.
Smallholder farmers must band together in increasing numbers to increase their negotiating power in purchasing inputs and selling their produce.
Smallholder farmers must have access to more affordable credit if they are to improve yields, protect soil resources, and expand their businesses.
Several years ago a group of agriculture experts at the Rockefeller Foundation, frustrated by the state of agriculture development in sub-Saharan Africa, started a program with a simple mission. They wanted farmers in Africa to have something farmers elsewhere in the world take for granted: a steady supply of seed for more productive or “improved” crop varieties. This seed could help the farmers generate higher crop yields and overcome the constant barrage of plant pests, drought, and disease that are the enemies of agriculture everywhere
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