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Toward a Green Revolution in Africa

30th April 2008 - 2nd May 2008

Conference chaired by Kofi Annan

There is a clear need for a new vision for agricultural development in Africa that can deal with the complexities of agriculture in diverse settings across Africa and meet the conditions necessary to achieve more equitable benefits for Africa’s farmers.

Kofi Annan chaired a conference beginning on Wednesday organised by STEPS Centre affiliate the Future Agricultures Consortium in partnership with Salzburg Global Seminar, asking whose vision should this be? How can complexity and diversity be dealt with? What can be learned from the impacts – positive and negative – of the “green revolutions” in Latin America and Asia?

Read Kofi Annan’s opening speech

“Forging a Uniquely African Green Revolution” Address by Mr Kofi A. Annan, Chairman of AGRA Salzburg Global Seminars Austria (pdf 117kb) 30 April 2008

The “Toward a ‘Green Revolution’ in Africa” conference, subsequent seminar and regional meetings in Africa asked what lessons can be extracted from recent successes in African agricultural development and how can recent growth be sustained, expanded, and accelerated?

How can new investments and actors in African agriculture support efforts to align policies and political processes to support agricultural as well as broader development goals? How can innovation systems be made robust, relevant and sustainable? How can the hardware of science and technology be linked to the software of institutions, policy and social dynamics? How should agricultural science and technology in Africa be governed?

Held at Austria’s famous Schloss Leopoldskron, the conference laid the groundwork for the broader initiative and goals described above by bringing together diverse stakeholders, from within Africa and beyond, who are experts in their areas, leading thinkers, change-makers and are, or can influence, senior decision-makers.

Around 60 participants from predominantly African government, business, academia, and non-governmental organisations explored a set of issues of vital concern to the future of agriculture in Africa, and to Africa’s development agenda. This group devised the conceptual framework within which a new agricultural development agenda in Africa can be set and implemented, and to recommend specific actions.

Ideas and recommendations for policy adjustments, streamlining practice, and creating strategic alliances were captured and reviewed to identify points of agreement and priority issues for action.

For all of the up-to-date information on the Salzburg conference, subsequent seminar, see the Future Agriculture Consortium website

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30th April 2008
2nd May 2008


United States