Integrating a broader notion of food security and gender empowerment into the African Green Revolution

Negin, J. and Remans, R. and Karuti, S. and Fanzo, J.C. (2009) Integrating a broader notion of food security and gender empowerment into the African Green Revolution. Food Security, 1 (3). pp. 351-360.

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A Green Revolution for Africa is emerging after decades of neglect of Africa’s agricultural systems. To counter these years of neglect, the then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for “a uniquely African Green Revolution”. Since then, a number of initiatives have emerged or are emerging to realize this important vision. As more money and attention galvanizes much-needed action on the African Green Revolution, a vigorous debate is required to ensure that the mission of improving food security on the world’s poorest continent is achieved in the most effective, comprehensive and inclusive manner possible. The African Green Revolution cannot be limited to increasing yields of staple crops but must be designed as a driver of sustainable development, which includes gender empowerment and nutrition elements. This paper first reviews the Asian Green Revolution’s successes and shortcomings from a nutrition and gender perspective and then outlines what the global community can do to ensure that some of the limitations of the Asian Green Revolution, specifically with regard to nutrition and gender, are not repeated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nutrition, Agriculture, Green revolution, Gender, Food security
Author Affiliation: School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Edward Ford Building (A27), NSW 2006, Sydney, Australia
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Ms Ishrath Durafsha
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2014 06:02
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014 06:02
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