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Modernise farming on the African continent

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African universities advised to team up on agriculture

by Inga Vesper

“We import a ridiculous amount of food, and still many suffer from malnutrition.” by Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, African Union Commission

 

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  • Young Africans see farming as a low-income profession
  • Improved courses would attract future agricultural scientists
  • They would help widen use of better farming tech

Universities across Africa must link up their agricultural research and teaching programmes to help modernise farming on the continent, a conference heard.

Speakers told the UN’s third Financing for Development conference in Ethiopia this week that universities should align their agricultural science efforts and collaborate with each other to compete internationally.

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the chair of the African Union Commission, said this would encourage young people to study agriculture and then to introduce better farming technologies. “The harmonisation of agricultural science is the first step in streamlining university courses so they attract more young people to science and technology,” she told delegates on 15 July.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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