Revolution in African Agriculture, by Jeanne Bernick
There is a revolution of African farmers responding to improved opportunities resulting from higher global food prices and increased local demand from growing African cities.
Agricultural growth rates in Africa are exceeding the rest of the world, according to the regional economist for the Western & Central Africa division of the UN's Independent Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Following successful implementation of green revolutions in Latin America and Asia, there was a dramatic jump in productivity levels. As a result, the number of undernourished people in Asia tumbled from 41% in 1960 to 16% in 2000. And, due to the consequent drastic improvements in productivity and crop yields, disastrous famines predicted in India and China never took place.
Now, all eyes are on Africa. At a governmental level, there has been a remarkable shift in terms of prioritization of agricultural development. In 2003, Africa reached a turning point in the form of the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security. Read More.