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Some critical research issues for future sub-Saharan African agriculture

Author: Ulf Magnusson, Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, Thomas Håkansson, Mats Hårsmar et al.
Organisation: SLU, Framtidens lantbruk/Future Agriculture
Publish Date: August 2012
Country: Africa
Sector: Agriculture
Method: Scenarios
Theme: Food
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Agriculture, Scenarios, Sub-Saharan Africa, Food security

Agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation are strongly interconnected in sub-Saharan Africa.The increase in agricultural productivity and production and connected positive developments seen in other parts of the world have not happened to the same extent in sub-Saharan Africa. The reasons for this are complex but we believe that multi- and interdisciplinary science at different scales could make a positive change in this context. The Future Agriculture programme at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has taken on this challenge by creating a working group with researchers from several institutions in Sweden: Lund University, Nordic Africa Institute, Swedish Defence Research Agency and SLU. The approach has been forward-looking by using scenario methodology based on previous work at Future Agriculture and broad by including several
academic disciplines. It is hoped that this report will contribute to tackling the challenges of improved food security and reduced poverty in sub-Saharan Africa by stimulating discussions and actions among colleagues and stakeholder on national and international arenas.
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