The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780190237233

Calestous Juma
360 Pages
141 x 209 mm
Pub date
Oct 2015
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African agriculture is currently at a crossroads, at which persistent food shortages are compounded by threats from climate change. But, as this book argues, Africa can feed itself in a generation and help contribute to global food security. To achieve this Africa has to define agriculture as a force in economic growth by: advancing scientific and technological research; investing in infrastructure; fostering higher technical training; and creating regional markets. To govern the transformation Africa must foster the emergence of a new crop of entrepreneurial leaders dedicated to the continent's economic improvement. This new edition of The New Harvest provides ideas on how to implement a series of high-level decisions adopted by African leaders to place agriculture at the center of the continent's long-term economic transformation. It puts agriculture in the context of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy (STISA-24) adopted by African presidents in 2014. More importantly, this edition provides a policy framework that could be adopted for other sectors such as health, industry and green innovation. Incorporating research from academia, government, civil society, and private industry, the book suggests multiple ways that individual African countries can work together at the regional level to develop local knowledge and resources, harness technological innovation, encourage entrepreneurship, increase agricultural output, create markets, and improve overall economic performance.


Acknowledgments Introduction Selected Abbreviations and Acronyms Chapter 1: The Growing Economy Chapter 2: Advances in Science, Technology, and Engineering Chapter 3: Leapfrogging in Biotechnology Chapter 4: Agricultural Innovation Systems Chapter 5: Enabling Infrastructure Chapter 6: Human Capacity Chapter 7: Entrepreneurship Chapter 8: Governing Innovation Chapter 9: Conclusions and the Way Ahead Notes Index

About the author: 

Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard University.

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