Excerpts from the conclusion of the African Agriculture Status Report 2013, published today by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa:
The persistence of low levels of agricultural production, increased food insecurity, unstable agricultural prices and increasing costs of inputs contribute to the challenges facing African agriculture.
Even though these challenges are worldwide, for Africa, where farming is dominated by smallholders, most of them women — these could mean losing the gains in achieving the Millennium Development Goals — specifically being unable to feed the population adequately.
Ensuring a food secure and prosperous Africa in a sustainable way requires a unique Green Revolution where increased agricultural productivity is guaranteed through investments in research and technology, infrastructure, as well as providing the enabling environment for the private sector, including farmers to promote agribusiness.
It will require rethinking agriculture to involve a value chain approach from the supply or production…
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