New acquisition NICC Collection:
FROM FED BY THE WORLD TO FOOD SECURITY
ACCELERATING AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
Publication: November 2019
To what extent can we apply the new technologies of the Green Revolution in the African context? Tricky if “policy” does not allow it. What makes Henk Breman and co-authors Ton Schut and No’am Seligman so special is their clear analysis of the broader policy environment (land ownership, role of the market and the state, subsidised agriculture in Europe, population growth, gender, etc.).
In their publication, the authors analyse the evolution of cereal yield rates in 49 African countries over the period 1961-2014. Conclusion: three quarters of the African population lives in countries with positive yield growth rates. In Egypt, Ethiopia, Zambia, Madagascar and South Africa these are even comparable to the “Green Revolution growth rates”.
These countries provide good examples of the use of good policies in combination with the application of new technology. A hopeful conclusion! Even though a quarter of the population still lives in poverty. Zimbabwe is a spectacular example of the wrong way to go: in the seventies the country was the prima donna of the Green Revolution in Africa, today it is struggling with poverty and stagnation.
Article by Jaap Rooimans (treasurer foundation NICC)