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The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa

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African agriculture is currently at a crossroads, at which persistent food shortages are compounded by threats from climate change. But, as this book argues, Africa faces three major opportunities that can transform its agriculture into a force for economic growth: advances in science and technology; the creation of regional markets; and the emergence of a new crop of entr ...more
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Published January 14th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 17th 2010)
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Interesting fact: Africa has 60% of the world arable land and only a third has been cultivated.For those who like myself, believe that the next great financial boom will be in the green sector, this book is a great reference.

Great research and analysis rooted in facts. Albeit, I think, professor Juma aims to reach an audience of policy makers and other scholars with this, the smart entrepreneur can use it as a blue print to advance not only profit but social agenda also.
Bob Duke
An optimistic read and justifiable optimism for the future of Africa. Written by an African for those who are interested in the future of Africa. He argues that there must be innovations in agriculture for Africa to meet its food needs. These innovations include genetically modified foods.
Kevin Fath
A comprehensive and well-researched look at innovations that could have positive impacts on agricultural productivity on the African continent.
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