HOPE AND CHANGE FOR GLOBAL CITIZENS?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Will Obama’s Administration Make a Difference to Global Citizens? As President-Elect Obama becomes President Obama, Institute of Development Studies Director Lawrence Haddad explores what this means for global justice. “The American people largely elected Obama because they believe he has the best temperament and intellect to address domestic economic…

UN WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: KOFI ANNAN ARRIVES WITH AGRA MESSAGE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Ban Ki-moon’s predecessor at the head of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, was due to arrive in Rome this morning to sign an agreement with UN food agencies for a new drive to increase farm production in Africa. Photo: Kofi Annan / Julia Day “We hope to spur a…

SALZBURG: WHAT NEXT?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The conference defined some critical points of leverage, where delegates and their organisations can achieve a sustainable impact on priorities.The essential ingredients of a Green Revolution in Africa, definition of priorities, desirable outcomes and the points at which value-added initiatives can have an impact have taken shape here in…

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: DATA, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The lack of data and information on crop productivity and prices, and the poor quality of the data that does exist, has been a recurrent theme throughout the conference and was stressed as key to the future on this final day.Photo: Mamadou Goita takes part in the press conference…

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…