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African hunger, still looking for technological fixes?

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A conference on soil fertility and agricultural production in Africa appears to be still looking for technological fixes insted of addressing the problems of political economy and governance that are the key to farm productivity.

Nobel peace prize laureate Norman Borlaug, considered the father of the ‘green revolution’ in agriculture, challenged African leaders to copy Asia by adopting biotechnology to boost agricultural production.

In a provocative speech which drew a standing ovation, the 92-year-old expert in wheat improvement said consumption of fertiliser nutrients in African countries was very low compared to Asia and Europe.

“Africa has the potental to irrigate 20 percent of its arable land but only four percent is currently irrigated,” he said.


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June 13, 2006 at 12:20 pm

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