“I think the key challenge for Africa to increasing agricultural productivity is funded investments in agriculture.”
Monty Jones from the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) emphasizes that the kind of productivity we are talking about should embrace everything - land, water, profitability infrastructure and marketing.
To move forward, Africa must increase the productivity of its agriculture sector.
This, he argues, is not a job for ‘research alone.’
Research must interact with extension, it must interact with institutional strengthening, with infrastructure, and with policies.
Today’s opening session features a keynote address by Monty Jones on ‘science, technology, and innovation in African agriculture.’