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Title:Agricultural sector performance and a Green Revolution in Africa
Editors:Ajakaiye, OluISNI
Janvry, Alain deISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 0963-8024)
Issue:2 Supplement
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:agricultural development
agricultural technology
climate change
trade restrictions
Abstract:It is broadly recognized that vigourous agricultural growth is essential for African development. Yet, this achievement has largely been elusive, with Africa still to achieve a Green Revolution. Why has this been the case? How could a Green Revolution be engineered? And what are some of the emerging opportunities and hurdles in securing success? These are the questions addressed by the papers in this volume. Together the papers argue that new opportunities exist to make a Green Revolution for Africa possible, but that greater attention must be given to the design and testing of new approaches that correspond to specific conditions of Africa (Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet), that the release of profitable new technologies will be the driving force inducing the necessary institutional changes and public investments in agriculture as it did in Asia (Keijiri Otsuka and Yoko Kijima), that the hurdles of adverse OECD farm policies, property rights on new biological technologies and concentration of market power in integrated value chains must be addressed (T. Ademola Oyejide), and that adapting the Green Revolution to climate change is a huge new challenge that will require large investments to reduce vulnerability to warming and extreme weather events (Rashid M. Hassan). [ASC Leiden abstract]