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

ailable on how to improve yields, weather, market prices, input costs and disease surveillance. Ordering seeds or supplies, communication with buyers, and even money exchange using airtime credit as a currency are also all far more easily accomplished thanks to mobile devices.

Notes Prof. Juma: "One way for Africa to foster inclusive economic growth is to apply innovation in agriculture which employs the majority of the people. This is also a way to address concerns that technology widens the gap between the rich and the poor. The use of module phones in rural Africa show the promise of more inclusive innovation strategies."

  • Infrastructure: "The importance of providing an enabling infrastructure for agricultural development cannot be overstated," the report says. In fact, the difficulty of transportation causes some peasant farmers to reduce production even when soil and weather conditions would allow better yields. "Without access to markets, farmers can't use what they could produce, so they produce only enough for themselves to eat," Prof. Juma says. "Farmers are smart enough not to grow crops if they are going to rot on their farms."

  • Water: More than 40 per cent of Africa's rural population lives in arid or semi-arid conditions and tens of millions live in areas with absolute water scarcity. Only four per cent of the arable land is irrigated. But the continent's many lakes and rivers could supply water to the many areas that have high-quality soil but too little moisture.

  • Energy: Africa has too little electricity but vast amounts of untapped hydro and solar potential. Building dams and other generating infrastructure would be relatively inexpensive; the major impediment is constructing transmission grids to move the power to where it's needed.

All of the infrastructure needs are connected, Prof. Juma notes. Plans for a hydroelectric generating station, for example, might be hampered, or
'/>"/>

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:4/1/2015)... OXFORD, Conn. , Apr. 1, 2015  NXT-ID, ... a biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile ... number of Wocket smart wallets is underway to early ... early access group includes usage at retail outlets including ... CVS Pharmacy. Users report Wocket was accepted at all ...
(Date:3/30/2015)... Mar. 26, 2015 Research and Markets ... "Global Gesture Recognition Market in Automotive Sector 2014-2018" ... forecast the Global Gesture Recognition market in Automotive Sector ... period 2013-2018. Gesture recognition is the ability ... gestures of an individual. Gesture recognition technology can be ...
(Date:3/24/2015)... 2015   NexID Biometrics LLC, whose spoof-mitigation ... today announced the beginning of shipments of version 2.0 ... The company, based in Potsdam, N.Y. ... Expo, which began here today at the Walter E. ... of its SDK boosts the accuracy rate range to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 2NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 3NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 4Global Gesture Recognition Market in Automotive Sector Report 2015 - Growing Number of Partnerships 2NexID Begins Shipments Of Version 2.0 Fake-Finger-Detection Solution 2
... world,s first controlled study of a comprehensive genetic screening test ... twin girls born in Germany in June and a singleton ... in a pilot study of comparative genomic hybridisation (CGH) by ... a full range of chromosomal disorders. Dr Cristina ...
... Rivers and streams supply the lifeblood of ecosystems across the ... well as a wide array of life forms in rivers ... the fish humans eat. But humans and nature itself are ... role to support fish species, according to new research by ...
... global energy demands is the use of Poplar, a ... the most out of Poplar plantations, varieties that are ... or higher yields, for exampleare desired. But do these ... populations of Poplar? In particular, is the genetic makeup ...
Cached Biology News:First babies born from genetic screening study 2First babies born from genetic screening study 3A river ran through it 2A river ran through it 3A river ran through it 4The risks and benefits of using poplars for biofuels 2
(Date:4/27/2015)... 27, 2015  For about a century, a ... ability to utilize and catabolize glucose at a ... is called the ,Warburg phenomenon", that is an ... oxygen presence, leading to enhanced lactate generation. Even ... choose glucose fermentation. A variety of such abnormalities ...
(Date:4/27/2015)... - iCo Therapeutics ("iCo" or "the Company") (TSX-V: ICO) ... year ended December 31, 2014. Amounts, unless specified ... under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). ... provide the outcome management and investors had hoped ... Therapeutics", said Andrew Rae , President & ...
(Date:4/27/2015)... HEIDELBERG , Alemania, April 27, 2015 ... patente para un nuevo receptor utilizando tecnología de descubrimiento ... no cubierta en el tratamiento de millones de pacientes ... anunciado hoy que ha recibido una patente en Europa ... el descubrimiento de Molecular Health de que EPHB4 es ...
(Date:4/27/2015)... Calif. (PRWEB) April 27, 2015 Dr. ... drug and chemical toxicity carries implications for advancing the ... April 28 at National University , the second-largest ... presentation by Dr. Hanzlik, a professor at the University ... metabolism and drug design, starts at 5 p.m. and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Study Indicates Cancer Cells Alter Glucose Metabolism to Enhance Energy Production and Cell Growth 2iCo Therapeutics Announces Year End 2014 Financial Results 2iCo Therapeutics Announces Year End 2014 Financial Results 3iCo Therapeutics Announces Year End 2014 Financial Results 4Molecular Health obtiene la patente para un nuevo receptor 2Molecular Health obtiene la patente para un nuevo receptor 3Dr. Robert Hanzlik Discusses Pharmaceutical Testing Models at Event Hosted by National University 2Dr. Robert Hanzlik Discusses Pharmaceutical Testing Models at Event Hosted by National University 3
... BOSTON, Jan. 11, 2012  CBI, a division of Advanstar ... 11th Annual Patient Adherence Forum, which is being held ... in Philadelphia, PA. At the event, industry experts share ... through stakeholder collaboration and patient engagement.  ...
... 11, 2012 What:  Come view ... CES, and hear Lucier and Rothberg discuss the future of ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110216/MM49339LOGO ) When:   Wednesday, ... Where:   Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Booth ...
... 11, 2012  Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: INO ), which ... Dr. J. Joseph Kim, President and CEO, will present an overview of ... Noble Financial 8th Annual Equity Conference January ...   Inovio Presentation Tuesday, ...
Cached Biology Technology:Complete Agenda Announced for 11th Annual Patient Adherence Forum 2Inovio Pharmaceuticals to Present at Noble Financial 8th Annual Equity Conference 2Inovio Pharmaceuticals to Present at Noble Financial 8th Annual Equity Conference 3
COMING SOON: Anti-Mouse C5/C5b, Clone BB5.1. Monoclonal Antibody...
... Goat anti-Human Alpha 1 Acid ... azide Goats were immunized ... glycoprotein in Freund's adjuvant. ... absorbed to ensure specificity. ...
Anti-Mouse Valpha 2 TCR, Purified (Clone B20.1) (rat IgG2a)...
Request Info...
Biology Products: