The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa
The New Harvest, written by Calestous Juma, is a product of the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The book argues that Africa can feed itself in a generation and help contribute to global food security despite its history of persistent food shortages and the rising threat of climate change. To achieve this, the continent must harness scientific and technological advances, invest in infrastructure, foster higher technical training, and create regional markets. It must also produce a new crop of entrepreneurial leaders dedicated to the continent’s economic improvement. This new edition provides ideas on how to place agriculture at the center of the continent’s long-term economic transformation. It demonstrates how policy coordination can help realize agriculture’s full potential as a motherboard for other economic activities. Incorporating lessons from academia, government, civil society, and private industry, The New Harvest outlines how African countries can work together at regional levels to generate new knowledge and resources, harness technological advancement, encourage entrepreneurship, increase agricultural output, create markets, and improve overall economic performance.