Since the food price crisis of 2008, a decade of intense domestic attention to agriculture has generated one of the most successful development eras in African history, with poverty rates declining in Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal.
Improved public policies have incentivized private sector investment, including $6.5 billion in commitments to African agriculture made during the African Green Revolution Forum last month. The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa has worked closely with partners to facilitate this progress, giving smallholder farmers access to inputs, training, financing and markets, so their farms continue to generate better lives for their families.
– Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa
Let Me start by thanking the foundations and organizations that committed to the tune of USD6.5 billion to African agriculture. I say thank you.
However unless a significant amount of these funds go to mechanizing all African farming operations (tillage, planting, fertilizer/manure applications, weeding and harvesting), all other efforts will be like funding business as usual activities of the African agriculture. mechanizing all the farming operations of African agriculture is the key to modernizing and transforming African agriculture to be a truly African green revolution.
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