argylesock says… Here are African voices saying that for Africa to feed itself, seeds are key. The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says that it ‘works to achieve a food secure and prosperous Africa through the promotion of rapid, sustainable agricultural growth based on smallholder farmers… the majority [of African smallholders being] women.’ AGRA says that seeds are key to the Green Revolution it wants in Africa. Its emphasis is on conventional breeding but it’s open to the possibilities of genetic modification (GM, also called genetic engineering.) GM policy decisions are for national Governments within Africa. Don’t confuse the AGRA with the AFSA.
Written by Abraham Dereje
“We are witnessing a faster pace of public and private investments in agriculture, in part because of improving national policies and regulatory measures. These include significant investment by AGRA and its partners in large breadbasket areas in Ghana, Mali, Mozambique and Tanzania, as well as in several important agricultural growth corridors,” said Kofi Anan, the former secretary general of the UN and Chairman of the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The green revolution has brought tremendous outcomes and changed the lives of millions of farmers, ensuring food security in Asia, and South America. However, Africa still suffers from severe food shortage of production and productivity in most parts of the continent. Boosting productivity is mandatory to properly feed Africa’s growing population, which is getting close to a billion.
The participation of private entities in Africa’s agriculture is of great significance as it fosters…
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