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Title:Mobilising Science and Technology to Get Agriculture Moving in Africa
Authors:Dowswell, Christopher R.
Borlaug, Norman E.
Periodical:Development Policy Review
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:farm management
agricultural technology
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.1995.tb00084.x
Abstract:The 'Green Revolution' in cereal production over the past three decades in many developing countries has produced tremendous benefits. The authors argue that, to reverse the alarming food production trends in Africa, its small-scale farmers need access to science-based agricultural technology, just like similar farmers in Asia and Latin America three decades ago. After an examination of the crisis in African agriculture, they discuss the Sasakawa-Global 2000 programme which, since 1986, has been involved in projects for the transfer of food crop production technology in sub-Saharan Africa. The programme currently operates in Ghana, Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Mozambique. The heart of this programme has been dynamic field testing and demonstration programmes for major food crops, which have had positive results. Next, the authors pay attention to the appropriate technology debate and the need for public sector reform. A comment by John Farrington is included on p. 131-133. Bibliogr. (Response by Janice Jiggins, Coen Reijntjes and Clive Lightfoot in: Development Policy Review vol. 14, no. 1 (1996), p. 89-103.)