Africa needs its own Green Revolution to feed itself

The solution to Africa feeding itself is clear-cut

The goal must be a uniquely African green revolution that successfully adapts global experiences to local conditions. The role of smallholder farmers, who make up the majority of farmers, is crucial. (Gallo) Leaders meeting in Davos this week are confronted with critical challenges. One is how to realise the prospects of African agriculture. 

Investment in this sector has doubled in the past decade as governments recognise the crucial importance of agriculture to people’s wellbeing, social stability and economic growth. But hunger remains widespread and Africa is the only continent that cannot feed itself. 

It is hard to understand how the continent, with 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, still suffers so badly from under- and malnutrition and spends $35?billion a year importing food. 

Shortly after the African Union’s summit in Malabo, which saw bold commitments to end hunger by 2025 by accelerating agricultural growth and transformation, I met leaders from the public and private sectors at the 2014 African Green Revolution Forum to discuss strategies to make this happen. This week we are publishing a report on the outcome of these discussions. 

First, the role of smallholder farmers, who make up the majority of farmers, is crucial. Governments and the private sector can […]

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