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Kofi Annan leads Africa's new 'Green Revolution'

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been appointed the first chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The position, he has said, will allow him to drive forward the progress of African development. In a speech at the recent World Economic Forum in South Africa, Annan lamented that Africa is the only region in the world where overall food security and livelihoods are deteriorating. However, he emphasised that AGRA "will reverse this trend by working to create an environmentally sustainable, uniquely African Green Revolution."

The Alliance, established with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in response to calls from African leaders for urgent progress in the continent's prosperity and agricultural development. In the past 15 years the number of people in African living below the poverty line has increased by 50 per cent. The Alliance seeks to support and encourage the growth of small-scale farmers, by developing a partnership between farmers, scientists, national governments and other organisations. It strongly endorses the African Union's Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which seeks to increase annual food production by six per cent by 2015.

Date published: July 2007


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