SALZBURG DAY 3: BEYOND STAPLE CROPS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The emphasis of the Green Revolution in Africa must go beyond a focus on a narrow range of staple crops, even though these crops remain important, was an issue pin-pointed by delegates as crucial to future action. Livestock needs to be put centre stage and smallstock and poultry production…

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: 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: KOFI ANNAN CALLS FOR A “UNIQUELY AFRICAN GREEN REVOLUTION”

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Welcome to Salzburg, where this afternoon Kofi Annan is opening the Toward a Green Revolution in Africa conference with a speech that has called for a “uniquely African Green Revolution” founded on pro-poor policies with women as the crucial key. As food prices escalate at an unprecedented rate and…

SALZBURG: VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN AGRICULTURE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As 60 plus delegates from governments, farmer organisations, NGOs, business, academia and donor foundations across Africa and the wider world make thier way to Austria ahead of tomorrow’s Toward a Green Revolution in Africa conference, this might be a good time for a little rumination. Some perspectives on the…

SALZBURG GLOBAL SEMINAR: TOWARD A ‘GREEN REVOLUTION’ IN AFRICA

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member 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 will chair a conference beginning on Wednesday…