What is revolutionary about the Green Revolution?

The dramatic increase in yields of wheat and rice in the 1960s and 1970s in India, along with many other countries in the post-colonial world, was framed as a technological breakthrough made possible by miracle hybrid seed varieties. This breakthrough ostensibly averted mass scale hunger and was central, so the story goes, to realising substantive…

Unpacking the epic narratives of the Green Revolution

by Lidia Cabral, Poonam Pandey and Xiuli Xu Nearly 50 years since its apex, the Green Revolution – a chapter in history associated with rapid expansion in agricultural production driven by science and technology – retains the power to inspire. In spite of the criticism emphasising its social and environmental costs, there is talk about…

Contextualising life histories in Tamil Nadu

by Divya Sharma and V. Gajendra, Relational Pathways project In the Relational Pathways project we are trying to understand the pathways in and out of poverty for farmers in India and Kenya. ‘Green Revolutions’ are a prominent way of discussing how farmers can benefit from technology. In Tamil Nadu, India, we have been using a…

SALZBURG DAY 3: FARMERS IN THE DRIVING SEAT FOR AFRICA’S GREEN REVOLUTION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Farmers and their needs must be placed at epicentre of a uniquely African Green Revolution, conference delegates from across the board agreed on the final day in Salzburg.Photo: Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid addresses the conference / Julia Day Much of the discussion today, running…

SALZBURG DAY 3: A REPRESENTATIVE REVOLUTION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member To ensure an African Green Revolution is equitable there is a pressing need to ensure that wide representation is assured, delegates said.It is paramount that inclusive processes going forward are attendant to gender and ethnicity issues. It should also be ensured, in particular, that smallholders and those farmers who…

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: 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: 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…