2016 World Food Prize Side-Event
“Harnessing New Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Africa’s Food Security and Economic Growth”
October 12-14, 2016 Marriott Downtown Des Moines Hotel, IA
Agriculture is Africa’s main economic growth engine, employing at least 60% of the workforce. While the continent has experienced tremendous economic growth over the past decade and a half, it is clear that agricultural productivity and food security will continue to be a major concern over a large segment of the population for year to come. Many projects, discussions and activities have focused on how to raise productivity using limited natural resources and conserve the environment at the same time. This side-event, which is sponsored by the African Union/NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency’s (NPCA) Africa Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) program, Michigan State University and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa is to explore and discuss the institutional, policy and technical constraints hampering Africa’s use of science, technology and innovation (STI) to break through the food productivity and security impasse. The panel featured speakers from AATF, NPCA/ABNE, NCA/AGRH, AAAPD, and MSU who highlighted agricultural biotechnology policy issues that are still a major concern, the progress made so far by many African countries in developing appropriate regulatory regimes, and the opportunities rendered by various public-private partnerships (PPPs) in agri-business to chart win-win pathways going forward.