The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa

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Oxford University Press, Jan 14, 2011 - Political Science - 296 pages
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African agriculture is currently at a crossroads, at which persistent food shortages are compounded by threats from climate change. But, as this book argues, Africa faces three major opportunities that can transform its agriculture into a force for economic growth: advances in science and technology; the creation of regional markets; and the emergence of a new crop of entrepreneurial leaders dedicated to the continent's economic improvement. Filled with case studies from within Africa and success stories from developing nations around the world, The New Harvest outlines the policies and institutional changes necessary to promote agricultural innovation across the African continent. Incorporating research from academia, government, civil society, and private industry, the book suggests multiple ways that individual African countries can work together at the regional level to develop local knowledge and resources, harness technological innovation, encourage entrepreneurship, increase agricultural output, create markets, and improve infrastructure.
 

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Contents

1 The Growing Economy
1
2 Advances in Science Technology and Engineering
23
3 Agricultural Innovation Systems
50
4 Enabling Infrastructure
84
5 Human Capacity
114
6 Entrepreneurship
142
7 Governing Innovation
166
8 Conclusions and the Way Ahead
204
Regional Economic Communities
219
Decisions of the 2010 COMESA Summit on Science and Technology for Development
225
Notes
233
Index
256
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Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society, the United Kingdom's scientific academy.

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