The larger part of sub-Saharan Africa’s population lives in rural areas where poverty and low human development indices are most severe. Since most rural households are agrarian in nature, and given the sector’s large contribution to the overall economy, boosting agriculture provides the double advantage of eradicating poverty in those regions as well as enhancing access to food and nutrition security. Given that agriculture accounts for up to 65% of the… Read More

By Charles Owuor, RUFORUM According to Brookings foresight for Africa’s agriculture, food production in Sub-Saharan Africa needs to increase by 60% in the next 15 years to adequately meet the future demands of the continent’s skyrocketing population. To achieve this feat, there is growing consensus that investments should be made in strategic sectoral areas to create synergy and cause major technological breakthroughs and transformation of the agricultural sector. Secondly, African national governments… Read More

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Can agricultural research be more relevant and useful to women, the poor and marginalized? Researchers in the CGIAR have long been grappling with this question and have developed a number of methodologies in response, the best known of which are farming systems research in 1970s and integrated natural resource management in the 1990s.  The methodologies have all tried to do the same thing: make agricultural research…