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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
Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 14th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 17th 2010)
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Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A dispassionate review of the various ways in which science and technology will (and can) benefit African agriculture, The New Harvest never offers the kind of second-hand reporting commonly adopted in other 'development in the field' books. This writing approach leaves the book dry and uninspiring - we never get to meet the actual families who are benefiting, or the entrepreneurs who are striving to make their technologies more accessible.

Instead, the book employs the prototypical public polic
Bob Duke
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Runo Okiomah
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read, unearthing strategies and best practices for the continent to attain food security in even the most delicate ecosystems. Definitely worth the read if you're optimistic about Africa being able to feed herself again :-) ...more
Clement Ongera
In order to improve on Agriculture, we really need to embrace technology. I have started to see the need to leverage on technology in my experimental farming activities.
Kevin Fath
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A comprehensive and well-researched look at innovations that could have positive impacts on agricultural productivity on the African continent.
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From Wikipedia: Calestous Juma is an internationally recognised authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development worldwide. He was named one of the most influential 100 Africans in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the New African magazine. He is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Faculty Chair of the Innovation for Economic Development Executive Progr ...more

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