Analysis: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa: Part Two

by Developed Africa 10. September 2013 09:00

Following from yesterday's post, a continued analysis of the "Green Revolution"

Putting aside the issues brought up in the last blog post in regards to Agra's methods and partners, we should turn to its aims and intentions and analyse whether it is a good goal for African development.

 The main thrust of the "Green Revolution" is to ensure sustainable food security for Africa, the main way in which they seek to improve the livelihoods of small farmers is by

investing in agricultural value chains"

which will address the issues faced by small holder farmers in terms of selling on their produce. 

The reasoning given behind the need for a 'green revolution' is that the agricultural sector is an important contribtuor to the economy, ans so poor output in agriculture has a negative effect on African development.

Also, it is argued that the only way to ensure that Africa meets its development agenda of annual growth rate of at least 6% for agriculture is by an "agricultural transformation". In its "vision" and "mission", AGRA describes its strategy as one that focuses on

smallholder farmers while working for change that strengthens the entire agricultural system and focuses on high-potential breadbasket areas and countries" .

They argue that all the knowledge and information needed to end poverty is already available, they just need to facilitate this knowledge in a manner available to small farmers, so they can copy the methods that will give them the best chance for success. In a nutshell, they want to distribute technologies that will aid agricultural productivity

in ways that are environmentally friendly and empower smallholder farmers, the majority of whom are women"

developing an incentive scheme to improve farmers' knowledge of technologies as well as creating a platform which will allow governments and organisations to work together to discuss and address the issue of agricultural productivity. 

Again, the issues raised  in the previous article would point to the possible ineffectiveness, or even negative effect, of these objectives on African agriculture, the right intentions are present, but it may be possible that the methods and the lack of African input may cause issue.

 

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