Category Archives: Interviews

Interview: Monty Jones on walking together to increase productivity

“In the 1990s, there was a decline in trade and food production in Africa. There was also a substantial decline in investments in agricultural research. If we are able to increase investments in research, we will be able to increase … 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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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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We must keep innovating

“Despite progress made in Africa, many countries still face great challenges in food security and malnutrition. One of the reasons is low productivity in the continent” - Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI. According to Fan, the answer lies in … Continue reading

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Interview: Bart Minten on the importance of policies to food security

IFPRI's Bart Minten believes that policies play a very important role in stimulating agricultural productivity. They can create right or wrong environments and incentives that influence agricultural productivity. "We are learning over time”, explains Minten. “In many countries for instance, … Continue reading

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