Navigation Links
Africa can feed itself in a generation: Study
Date:12/2/2010

supporting small-scale farmers to help meet national and regional demand for food," Prof. Juma says.

Political support is strong and growing as African presidents start to pay attention to the importance of agriculture in overall economic transformation. "They are also benefiting from exemplary leadership provided by Malawi's Bingu wa Mutharika who until recently also doubled as the country's agriculture minister.

And, Prof. Juma notes, China, India, Brazil and others are recognizing Africa's overwhelming potential with a rising level of strategic investment.

Originally intended as a series of monographs for African leaders, the work has attracted such widespread interest it is being published in book form by Oxford University Press.

According to "The New Harvest," global agriculture over the past 40 years has been characterized by per capita food production growth of 17 per cent and total production up 145 per cent. African agriculture in that time has gone in the other direction: Production of coffee, cocoa and other export commodities has grown, but food production has dropped 10 per cent since 1960 because of low investment in the sector.

Agricultural yields, farm incomes and poverty rates were stagnant and in some cases worsened during those four decades. Although 70 per cent of Africans are engaged in farming, production is so low that nearly 250 million people, one-quarter of the population, are undernourished - a figure that has risen by 100 million since 1990. One-third of sub-Saharan Africans are chronically hungry, while drought, soil degradation and disease appear endemic.

Only four per cent of the continent's cropland is irrigated. Fertilizers, pesticides and high-quality seeds are expensive and in short supply. Only a small minority of farmers uses machinery that's commonplace in Europe and North America. Deforestation is spreading as farmers seek to replace exhausted fields.

Water and ene
'/>"/>

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712
Harvard Kennedy Schools Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Related biology news :

1. Researchers link an African lizard fossil in Africa with the Komodo dragon in Indonesia
2. Evidence is weak for tropical rainforest 65 million years ago in Africas low-latitudes
3. Consuming vegetables linked to decreased breast cancer risk in African-American women
4. Wiecha receives grant to study face-to-face vs. virtual health education for African-American women
5. Termites foretell climate change in Africas savannas
6. Genome study identifies genetic variant linked to TB susceptibility in Africans
7. Genes from sweet pepper to fortify African banana against devastating wilt disease
8. Study links African ancestry to high-risk breast cancer
9. Africas national parks hit by mammal declines
10. NIH and Wellcome Trust announce partnership to support population-based genome studies in Africa
11. African nations commit to saving chimps
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Africa can feed itself in a generation: Study
(Date:3/23/2015)... 23, 2015   HOYOS Labs , a leading ... announced that the Company will demonstrate multiple biometrics-based technologies ... consumers at Connect:ID on March 23 through 25, 2015, ... will highlight the IEEE Biometric Open Protocol Standard; free ... enterprise access control system. BOPS was invented by HOYOS ...
(Date:3/20/2015)... Conn. , March 20, 2015 NXT-ID, ... a biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile ... smart wallet is one of the products featured in ... March 20th at 11:00 PM EST on the DIY ... to Las Vegas , site of ...
(Date:3/17/2015)... 2015 Emotient, the leader in facial ... general availability of Emotient Analytics , the ... of facial expressions. The system analyzes videos of ... and services. It delivers audience response metrics - ... as derived from facial evidence of emotional states. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):HOYOS Labs to Showcase Host of Biometrics Technologies at Connect:ID in Washington, D.C. 2HOYOS Labs to Showcase Host of Biometrics Technologies at Connect:ID in Washington, D.C. 3NXT-ID's Wocket Biometric Smart Wallet to Air on "I Want That" International CES Special 2NXT-ID's Wocket Biometric Smart Wallet to Air on "I Want That" International CES Special 3New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 2New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 3New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 4
... by various insults, including hepatitis infection or alcohol-induced cirrhosis. ... A new study by researchers at the National Institutes ... helps decide the fate of damaged livers in mice. ... in the Journal of Experimental Medicine . ...
... of multiples have 43 percent increased odds of ... after giving birth compared to mothers of single-born ... Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers examined the ... and found that multiple births increased the odds ...
... protects metals against corrosion in seawater has been ... Hallam University. At the Society for General Microbiology ... Gittens and colleagues described how they had encapsulated ... which then protected an aluminium alloy from microbial ...
Cached Biology News:Mothers of multiple births at increased odds of postpartum depression 2
(Date:3/26/2015)... ReliantHeart, Inc., an innovative supplier of advanced mechanical ... transit-time flow measurement solutions, are collaborating on a miniature ... the HeartAssist5® Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). ... and peace of mind. , The Transonic flow ... 1/6th of the power required by earlier flow board ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... (PRWEB) March 26, 2015 WriteResult, a ... with researchers from Yale University’s School of Public Health ... study participants during a 4 month-long project. The goal ... providing low income families with free access to fresh ... and diet-related health concerns like high blood pressure, diabetes ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... TORONTO , March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - SQI Diagnostics ... announced that, as a result of recent discussions with ... common shares of the Company, after dealing with certain ... and special meeting of shareholders on March 26, 2015 ... that the election of directors will take place when ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... NEW YORK , March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... has commenced Factual Stock Report coverage on ... Bioceuticals (OTCQX: ATTBF; CSE: ATT): is a specialty ... subsidiaries of cultivating, licensing and marketing proprietary ingredients, ... medicinal markets in North America ...
Breaking Biology Technology:LVAD patients to have greater mobility and peace of mind through Transonic and ReliantHeart’s True Flow collaboration for the HeartAssist5® 2LVAD patients to have greater mobility and peace of mind through Transonic and ReliantHeart’s True Flow collaboration for the HeartAssist5® 3Yale and New Haven Farms Improving Patient Health with WriteResult's myPROpad™ 2Yale and New Haven Farms Improving Patient Health with WriteResult's myPROpad™ 3SQI Diagnostics Inc. Announces New Nominees to SQI Diagnostics Board and Adjournment of Meeting 2SQI Diagnostics Inc. Announces New Nominees to SQI Diagnostics Board and Adjournment of Meeting 3SQI Diagnostics Inc. Announces New Nominees to SQI Diagnostics Board and Adjournment of Meeting 4SQI Diagnostics Inc. Announces New Nominees to SQI Diagnostics Board and Adjournment of Meeting 5S&P Capital IQ Initiates Coverage on Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. in S&P Capital IQ Factual Stock Reports 2S&P Capital IQ Initiates Coverage on Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. in S&P Capital IQ Factual Stock Reports 3S&P Capital IQ Initiates Coverage on Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. in S&P Capital IQ Factual Stock Reports 4S&P Capital IQ Initiates Coverage on Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. in S&P Capital IQ Factual Stock Reports 5
... — Just in case anyone doubts that the Wisconsin Alumni ... defend its stem cell patent, Andy Cohn would like to ... manager for WARF, said the foundation, armed with a $1.5 ... to its controversial stem cell patent. , ,In the wake ...
... had the opportunity to watch lots of little companies become ... a company is no less awkward than a child's trip ... big without really growing up. , ,Fortunately, that isn't ... the social media market. Over the last year, the company ...
... Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted unanimously to authorize an ... agencies. , ,The 6-0 vote came after several hours ... personnel confirmed the state has lost millions of dollars ... several agencies have been plagued by varying problems, including ...
Cached Biology Technology:WARF says it's ready for a legal challenge on stem cells 2WARF says it's ready for a legal challenge on stem cells 3WARF says it's ready for a legal challenge on stem cells 4Six Apart grows up 2Six Apart grows up 3Audit of multi-million dollar state IT spending will proceed 2
...
... the standard water based mounting medium for ... permanent preservation of peroxidase and alkaline phosphatase ... use and exhibits excellent optical characteristics. Crystal ... medium that permits the long-term storage of ...
... ZMD.368. Immunogen: Synthetic peptide derived ... human WNT2B/WNT13 protein. Specificity: Specific ... and rat WNT2B/WNT13 proteins. Recognizes both ... Reactivity: Mouse Human Rat (positive controls: ...
Immunogen: Heat inactivated bacterial cells of Salmonella enteriditis,paratyphi and typhimurium Storage: 4 C...
Biology Products: