In an interview with This is Africa, Gabon’s agriculture minister explains how the government is developing its cash crop sector through international investment
After decades of underinvestment and policy neglect, agricultural development in emerging economies has quickly risen up the priority list for global development. In the wake of the 2008 food price crisis the international development community, governments and businesses are looking to developing regions - particularly Africa - to play a key role in ensuring global food security.
Yet the sector continues to suffer from underdevelopment, with the vast majority of agricultural output in regions such as Africa in the hands of smallholder farmers. Harnessing their productive potential is key, yet most struggle to meet their own food demand, talkless of producing for national, regional and global markets.
With in depth coverage, analysis and perspectives from leading thinkers, This Is Africa takes a close look at the state of agriculture in developing regions and how value chains can be transformed to put the smallholder farmers at the heart of development.
Unlocking Africa's Agricultural Potential is a communications initiative from This is Africa undertaken with the support of The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation, CTA. Coverage starts from the "Making The Connection" conference in Addis Ababa in early November.
|Agribusiness development in Africa|
|Chapter 1: The importance of agriculture||Chapter 2: Smallholder farmers||Chapter 3: Making the connection|
Value chains for transforming smallholder agriculture
In the wake of the 2008 food crisis Africa looks set to play a central role in global food security in the 21st century.
The European commissioner discusses priorities for agricultural development and says that budget cuts will not hit food security spending
From hi- to lo-tech solutions, farmers now have more ways to tackle weather challenges, the Syngenta Foundation writes
The Rockefeller Foundation details some of the projects it supports to kick-start farm productivity
Patrick Kormawa of UNIDO discusses how African countries can promote structural transformation, turning themselves into integrated agribusiness economies
Fixing failings in water management will have huge implications for agricultural productivity and food security, writes Vladimir Smakhtin
A review the type of policies and mechanisms that poor, net food-importing countries might use to overcome food security challenges in periods of high prices.
Africa’s food imports are increasing and food self-sufficiency is declining. This should create substantial local and regional marketing opportunities for African farmers and will include smallholders, but only if certain conditions are met.
The General Mills CEO explains how a US company can support African agricultural producers and consumers
An intriguing, private sector solution is emerging to help farmers manage rainfall risk.
Ethiopia's Agricultural Transformation Agency is looking to transform the sector
There is some consensus on how to integrate smallholders into value chains
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