Key Challenges for Technology Development and Agricultural Research in Africa – 4

By Monty Jone

Agricultural development is a sine qua non for improving livelihoods in Africa’s predominantlyrural economies, yet agricultural productivity has hardly improved and African food production percapita continues to decline. This is not because of a lack of planning efforts, but rather because thesehave not been of the scale required to have an impact on such huge problems. Past efforts have also no been sufficiently holistic for advancing comple systems and have not been pursued with thenecessary long-term vision and willingness to take the risks that are inherent in implementinginnovations. To break the poverty trap experienced by the majority of African smallholders andpastoralists, these issues must be addressed.

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