Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

A virtual book tour and webinar featuring Calestous Juma
Registration Deadline: 19 August 2011
17 August 2011

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges The President and Fellows of Harvard College as the source of this information

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The current famine in Eastern Africa and spikes in global food prices have highlighted the need to find new solutions to persistent food challenges. These challenges are compounded by threats from climate change and global economic uncertainty. Africa stands at the center of these concerns. While the continent suffers from persistent food shortage, it accounts for nearly 60% of the world's available arable land.

Calestous Juma's new book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2011) argues that the continent can feed itself in a generation and become an important exporter of agricultural produce. The study is an output of the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Join us on Wednesday, August 24, at 10:00 am EST, as Professor Juma explores strategies that can enable Africa to transform its agriculture as foundation for economic development while contributing to global food security. Juma will also provide an update of efforts to implement some of the ideas contained in the book.

Using case studies and examples from around the world, the seminar focuses on the opportunities provided by:
  • Harnessing advances in science and technology
  • Investing in infrastructure
  • Promoting technical education
  • Stimulating business development
  • Creating regional markets
  • Improving governance
As part of these themes, the seminar will also cover emerging concerns such foreign acquisition and leasing of agricultural land in Africa and agricultural diplomacy activities involving Africa and other emerging economies.

Agricultural transformation is a system-wide process that involves effective coordination among a wide range of actors in government, business, academia and civil society. The seminar stresses the importance of higher level leadership in improving agricultural governance as part of a larger economic transformation agenda. It proposes institutional innovations needed to improve agricultural governance.

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