Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra)
The future food security of nearly 1.5 billion Africans depends on the actions and decisions that are made today.
Kitwe Food and Farmers’ Market, Zambia.
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As the global South transitions to a predominantly urban future, food offers a way to understand the role of cities in future development.
Ammonium nitrate in granular form is the basis for many nitrogen fertilisers.
What do ammonium nitrate and iodine have in common? Both substances are of immense service to humankind, and the history of their discovery is closely linked to that of the production of explosives.
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We don’t notice the plant species we’re losing, but we won’t be able to ignore the effect of their loss on our supply of food and medicine.
More than 70% of Rwanda’s population are subsistence farmers.
Findings from several scientific studies show the real impact of Rwanda’s agricultural policies and the challenges it faces.
Seeds and cereals are assessed in in laboratories to check the quality of the grains.
African countries, like Nigeria and Ethiopia, increased their food production using a system-wide approach, and not the traditional reliance on isolated projects.
Faced with a massive food production shortfall, Africa can look towards India’s Green Revolution to jump start its agricultural output.
Diversity, resilience, resistance to disease: seeds must be preserved to ensure we can feed our world in the future.
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Rwanda’s experience shows that the ‘Green Revolution’ is not as transformative as it is made out to be.
The modernisation of agriculture has been touted by economists and the IMF as a way of reducing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. But caution about the benefits of the Green Revolution is advisable.
China knows the smart money is on renewables, and not just because of climate change.
China is pouring money into clean energy - not just to tackle climate change but because these are economically fruitful industries. And as China develops them, the technologies will get cheaper for everyone.
Anti-American in 2009.
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