Category Archives: Conference Highlights

Africa’s green revolution

On Wednesday, AGRA’s Namanga Ngongi placed smallholders at the center of our discussions on agriculture. He declared agriculture to be “by far the most important sector for any reform agenda in Africa and the main catalyst for ending poverty on … Continue reading

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Sitting at the same table

According to Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere (IFPRI), speaking yesterday, “we have forgotten the importance of agriculture, health and nutrition linkages.” “We need to make sure that when policy makers devise agricultural programs they bring on board health personnel. Similarly, when health sectors … Continue reading

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Overcoming challenges to food security: Points of view

Khalid Bomba, ATA: “The major challenges are the efficient implementation of many of the strategies and technologies that we already have. I don’t think we need new technologies and new strategies. From a long-term perspective, I think that the environmental … Continue reading

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Agriculture and climate change mitigation

UNECA’s Seleshi Bekele chaired a parallel session on climate change adaptation and mitigation in African agriculture. The four papers showed how climate change affects agriculture in terms of reducing production, productivity and how it aggravates poverty. According to the cases … Continue reading

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Radio feeds farmers . . .

Margaret Kingamkono of Farm Radio International explains the potential of radio. “We work with partners in sub-Saharan Africa to build the capacities of radio stations. It provides resources and training so the radio stations can produce high quality and relevant … Continue reading

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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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