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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Agricultural Growth in Africa: still powerless to improve livelihoods

Agricultural growth in Africa is still “fragile” and unable to improve living conditions. This and other conclusions were reached by the Montpellier Panel, a group of leading experts in the fields of agriculture, trade and sustainable development, and who have also called upon world leaders to help make the continent’s growth more resilient and sustainable.  The Panel stressed the necessity of focusing on several points, namely reducing price volatility, building "climate-smart" agriculture, improving nutrition and paying special attention to rural women and youth.
According to The Guardian, the Panel also gave a number of recommendations in its report on the resilience African agriculture before the upcoming Rio+20, G8 and G20 summits. Speaking on sustainability and a long term strategy, Sir Gordon Conway, professor of international development at the Imperial College in London, and chair of the Montpellier Panel, stated: “For example, free trade is important, but if you don't have an enabling environment within Africa such as strong inter-African food trade, access to markets, technology, and a resilient population then it's not going to work long-term.  "
The recommendations made in the report are expected to be taken into account by experts at the Rio+20 summit.

Source: The Guardian