SALZBURG DAY 3: ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS FOR A GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member You join us on the final day of the ‘Toward a Green Revolution in Africa?’ conference here in Salzburg, Austria, where the emphasis will be on moving from some of the ‘what?’ and ‘why?’ questions to the ‘how?’ and ‘who?’ Photo: Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, AustriaYesterday the six key themes…

SALZBURG DAY 2: INNOVATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS FOR WHOM?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member There was much talk across the group and plenary sessions about the importance of coordination and alignment of initiatives and institutions. This is happening under the leadership of the AU-NEPAD CAADP initiative, but needs to be strengthened. Photos: Delgates debate in Salzburg / Julia Day Such coordination and partnership…

SALZBURG DAY 2: REACHING THE HARD TO REACH

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Talking about a Green Revolution on a global level is the easy part, but how will the Green Revolution reach out to those that are hardest to reach? A platform for dialogue in African countries – to talk at a regional and local level – was a recurring theme….

SALZBURG DAY 2: DATA AND LEARNING DIVIDE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member See photos from Salzburg Why didn’t we know about the current food crisis until the urban poor of Africa took to the streets in protest? This question exposes one of the main topics of today’s discussions: the need for better data, increased use of data and the importance of…

SALZBURG DAY 2: RAINBOW REVOLUTIONS AND SILVER BULLETS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member See photos from Salzburg The conference may be titled Toward a Green Revolution in Africa, but the colour of the revolution began to change hue on the second day in Salzburg. A strong message was emerging in both roundtable discussions and plenary sessions – that moving in one direction,…

SALZBURG DAY 2: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member See photos from Salzburg Guten Morgan, and welcome once again to Salzburg, where the clouds have descended upon the city, but inside the Schloss Leopoldskron the mood is decidely bouyant. Delegates ended yesterday’s session with the first plenary discussion, and did not hesitate to get stuck straight in to…

SALZBURG DAY 1: AFRICAN CONTEXT IS ALL

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member See photos from SalzburgA Green Revolution in Africa must be grounded firmly in an African context, taking African biodiversity, climates, cultures and peoples into account. So the continent’s initiatives must be significantly different to those put in place in Latin America and Asia. An the many different contexts within…

SALZBURG DAY 1: WOMEN ARE THE KEY

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member If there is going to be one issue that everyone agrees on this week it looks set to be that women are the key the success of an African Green Revolution.Kofi Annan stated unequivocally that policies must give priority to women, who make up the majority of farmers in…