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New tool shows Africa's potential to contribute to a green economy

Worldwide agriculture accounts for... (© Farming First)
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Using data from leading research organisations, the Farming First coalition has launched an online infographic called The story of agriculture and the green economy, to show how agriculture in Africa could contribute to pro-poor economic growth, reduce poverty and food insecurity and help vulnerable people adapt to climate change.

The infographic aims to help inform G8 and G20 leaders to target investments and encourage policies that would contribute most effectively to achieving this. "We need to make the global economy green," begins the infographic. "Agriculture provides significant opportunities for growth, investment and jobs to help make this happen."

"Economic development in Africa is inextricably linked to agriculture," explains Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, chief executive of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). "As African leaders prepare to meet their G8 counterparts, I urge them to recognise the true contribution which Africa's farmers can provide to the continent's future growth." Howard Minigh, CEO and president of CropLife International concurs: "G8 leaders should foster policy coherence on food security and price volatility, and take actions that make agriculture a driver for poverty reduction by ensuring policies link producers to markets and enable value to be created throughout the supply chain to help create income opportunities and diversify rural activities."

The infographic uses statistics to demonstrate the role of farmers as stewards of natural resources, how investment in women farmers could bring greater rewards, and how existing techniques like drip irrigation would make the agriculture sector more sustainable and increase yields. All of the images have been designed so that they can be tweeted or embedded on external websites and blogs.

Date published: May 2011

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