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Kofi's clarion call

Kofi Annan at the Salzburg Global Seminar (Herman Seidl)
Kofi Annan at the Salzburg Global Seminar
Herman Seidl

Kofi Annan has called for a "uniquely African Green Revolution" founded on "bold pro-poor policies" to address the current food crisis facing Africa and the world. Dr Annan was speaking at a conference, Towards a 'Green Revolution' in Africa?, organised by the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Institute for Development Studies and the Future Agricultures Consortium held in Salzburg from 30 April - 2nd May.

During the three days of discussions, delegates agreed that there are no one-size-fits-all solutions but that moving in one direction, with one vision and goal was key to the future of agriculture in Africa. It was also stressed that farmers and their needs must be placed at the centre of any initiative. One particular proposal for directing research innovation and technology development was the establishment of an Africa-wide, farmer-owned fund to ensure that research was demand driven. Improving data, using it more effectively and developing a learning culture was recognised to be key. Recommendations from the conference were further refined during a follow-on seminar to address A 'Green Revolution' for Africa: What framework for success? Updates from the events can be accessed on the Future Agricultures website.

Date published: May 2008


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