Scaling Up African Agriculture

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in the October 3, 2012, issue of Agri-Pulse.

Last week in Arusha, Tanzania, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan told 1,200 delegates attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) that “African agriculture is now accelerating beyond the tipping point” and is the long term solution to global food and nutrition security.  Mr. Annan is correct on both points. The African Green Revolution is now under way and it is the key to both African and global food security.

Agriculture development has long been viewed as the economic key to Africa, but it is not always recognized as the solution to global food security and our ability to feed nine billion people by 2050.  Africa has 60 percent of the underutilized agricultural land in the world and is, therefore, the key to global food security.

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