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Abstract

Africa can feed itself in a generation. It can achieve this by harnessing abundant technologies that are available worldwide, expanding internal regional markets and building rural infrastructure. Even more importantly, African leaders – especially presidents and prime ministers – will need to take charge of the agenda for agriculture. This is mainly because for Africa, agriculture and the economy are one and the same. African countries are learning that they can greatly benefit from the global knowledge economy if they better integrate research conducted in academia, government, civil society, and private industry with the guidance of regional integration policy. Yet, the untapped potential of African agriculture becomes striking when comparing it to Asia, which has seen huge increases in agricultural yields in the last 40 years.

Citation

Juma, Calestous. "Growing the Economy." PS: Public Service Review, April 11, 2011.