Author Archives: IFPRI

Opening with style

Yesterday, AUC Commisisoner Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, opened the conference in the presence of more than 300 participants. IFPRI’s Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere welcomed participants on behalf of the organizers; his Director General Shenggen Fan stressed the importance of country-led development strategies. On … Continue reading

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Overcoming challenges to agricultural productivity

Plenary session 3 focused on the challenges to increase agricultural productivity in Africa. Moderator Alemayehu Taffesse asked a ‘simple’ question of the 4 panelists - Thomas Jayne from MSU, John Dixon from ACIAR, Stephen Muchiri from EAFF and Sylvester Oikeh … Continue reading

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Business unusual

Eleni Gabre-Medhin was a discussant in plenary session 2, advocating ‘business as unusual’. “As we think about the transformation we want to achieve ... we narrowly focus on the small farmer agenda. Are we ready to consider large scale, commercial, … Continue reading

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Interview: John Dixon on new International Centre for Food Security

“The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has worked with Africa since the early 90s. The mode of operation of ACIAR is always to put together as partners scientists in Australia with scientists in Africa to work together on … Continue reading

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Video – First Plenary: Rhoda Peace Tumusiime

Opening remarks at the first plenary by Chair, H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner, Rural Economy and Agriculture, Africa Union Commission

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InfoBrief Issue 1

Welcome to this first ‘InfoBrief’ and the conference on ‘Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa.’ Download InfoBrief Issue 1 (PDF 745K) The brief gives a snapshot of the sessions, discussions and other activities happening in the Africa … Continue reading

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Stronger linkages needed

IFPRI’S Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere says that a ‘major problem’ he has seen in Africa is weak linkages among institutions. To move forward, we need to find ways to build stronger linkages among institutions, farm organizations and policy makers. “We would like … Continue reading

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Agricultural productivity ‘the’ way forward for Africa

“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 … Continue reading

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Africa needs integrated markets, coordinated value chains

The post-harvest stages of food commodity value chains are essential to Africa’s agricultural productivity, argues UNECA’s Josué Dioné. They are essential for two reasons: First, to provide inputs to enable farmers to respond to demand, and second, to enable farmers … Continue reading

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The critical bottleneck is infrastructure

In my opinion, “agricultural productivity in Africa can be substantially increased, and there are technical solutions for that.” Abebe Haile-Gabriel, Director of the Rural Economy and Agriculture Division at the African Union Commission sets the tone for this conference. He … Continue reading

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