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Reaping Rewards: How to Maximise Business Opportunities in African Agriculture

Monday, January 17, 2011 - 18:00 to 20:00

 

Time: 6pm-7pm: Lecture and panel discussion. 7pm-8pm: Book-signing and reception.

 

Venue: Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG

 

Speakers: Professor Calestous Juma (Harvard University), author of the acclaimed new book The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa (published by Oxford University Press), will deliver a lecture and lead the panel discussion. The panellists are Lord Sainsbury, Businessman and former Science Minister; Countess of Mar, Independent Peer and farmer; Professor Sir Gordon Conway, Imperial College.

Details: 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 entrepreneurial leaders dedicated to the continent's economic improvement.

 

Filled with case studies from within Africa and success stories from developing nations around the world, The New Harvest outlines the policies and institutional changes necessary to promote agricultural innovation across the African continent. Incorporating research from academia, government, civil society, and private industry, the book suggests multiple ways that individual African countries can work together at the regional level to develop local knowledge and resources, harness technological innovation, encourage entrepreneurship, increase agricultural output, create markets, and improve infrastructure. The New Harvest is a product of the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.