Africa 'can feed itself in a generation'

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Africa 'can feed itself in a generation'

Postby alan refail » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:24 am

An interesting article on possible developments in African agriculture:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11890702
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Re: Africa 'can feed itself in a generation'

Postby alan refail » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:07 pm

Four consecutive paragraphs which between them say much...

While 70% of Africans may be engaged in farming, those who are undernourished on the continent has risen by 100 million to 250 million since 1990, he estimates.

The professor's blueprint calls for the expansion of basic infrastructure, including new road, irrigation and energy schemes.

Farms should be mechanised, storage and processing facilities built, while biotechnology and GM crops should be used where they can bring benefits.

But what was needed above all else was the political will at the highest level.
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Re: Africa 'can feed itself in a generation'

Postby charm25 » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:44 am

Agree with this, Africa is a very rich land.
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Re: Africa 'can feed itself in a generation'

Postby snooky » Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:43 am

Alan wrote:-

(While 70% of Africans may be engaged in farming, those who are undernourished on the continent has risen by 100 million to 250 million since 1990, he estimates.

The professor's blueprint calls for the expansion of basic infrastructure, including new road, irrigation and energy schemes.

Farms should be mechanised, storage and processing facilities built, while biotechnology and GM crops should be used where they can bring benefits.

But what was needed above all else was the political will at the highest level.)
Zimbabwe had two of the above until Mugabwe took over,the middle two, now they have the first and last.
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Re: Africa 'can feed itself in a generation'

Postby madasafish » Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:00 pm

I quote from the book:
"He estimates that while food production has grown globally by 145% over the past 40 years, African food production has fallen by 10% since 1960, which he attributes to low investment. "


Pull the other one.

"Low investment" is a nice way of saying .. wars, mismanagement and tyranny...

So I assume the rest of the book is written in the same manner..
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Re: Africa 'can feed itself in a generation'

Postby springtime » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:30 pm

I agree with the second post, African soil is rich and if politically organised correctly the country could imporove so much. It is good that someone is discussing these things
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