Agricultural transformation in Africa

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Q/A: Enhancing agricultural transformation in Africa

by Alberto Leny

“The agricultural sector in Africa has the most potential to locally produce a substantial share of global food production.” Ami Lustig, LR Group

Speed read

  • LR Group works in more than ten African nations to boost the agricultural sector
  • It aims to build sustainable agribusinesses to increase food security
  • It engages many stakeholders such as local communities to help achieve its goals

Agricultural transformation and food security continue to feature prominently in Africa’s development agenda. African governments, researchers and international agencies recognise the importance of science, technology and innovation (STI) in driving this agenda, as was evident during the2015 AgriBusiness Forum held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo early this year (22-25 March).

The forum, with the themeTowards an inclusive growth: a new vision for Africa’s agricultural transformation, placed emphasis on the promotion of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the integration of smallholder farmers into agricultural value chains and encouraging innovation in Africa.

More than 300 participants from Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States including entrepreneurs, financiers, policymakers, donors, non-governmental organisations, foundations and farmer organisations attended.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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