Technology and Innovation Report 2010

Enhancing Food Security in Africa through Science, Technology and Innovation

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The 2010 Technology and Innovation Report - Enhancing Food Security in Africa Through Science, Technology and Innovation - focuses on the challenges of improving agricultural performance in Africa and the role of technology and innovation in raising agricultural production and incomes of all farmers, including smallholder farms. The report argues that the main challenge is to strengthen the innovation capabilities of African agricultural systems as a means of addressing poverty, improving food security and achieving broader economic growth and development.

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The increasing prevalence of malnutrition – there are now an unprecedented one billion hungry people in our world – provides dramatic evidence of the severely strained capacity of many developing countries to meet the minimum nutritional requirements of their people. Current estimates predict that the Earth will need to feed an additional two to three billion people over the next 40 to 50 years. This will exert enormous pressure on the productive capacity of agricultural systems across the world and will have important consequences for farmers and consumers everywhere. Tackling this challenge requires a radical rethinking of how food is produced, distributed and consumed globally.

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