Africa requires a new agricultural transformation that is appropriate for Africa, that recognizes the continent's diverse environments and climates, and that takes into account its histories and cultures while benefiting rural smallholder farmers and their families.
In this boldly optimistic book, Sir Gordon Conway, Ousmane Badiane, and Katrin Glatzel describe the key challenges faced by Africa's smallholder farmers and present the concepts and practices of Sustainable Intensification (SI) as opportunities to sustainably transform Africa's agriculture sector and the livelihoods of millions of smallholders. The way forward, they write, will be an agriculture sector deeply rooted within SI: producing more with less, using fertilizers and pesticides more prudently, adapting to climate change, improving natural capital, adopting new technologies, and building resilience at every stage of the agriculture value chain.
Food for All in Africa envisions a virtuous circle generated through agricultural development rooted in SI that results in greater yields, healthier diets, improved livelihoods for farmers, and sustainable economic opportunities for the rural poor that in turn generate further investment. It describes the benefits of digital technologies for farmers and the challenges of transforming African agricultural policies and creating effective and inspiring leadership.
Food for All in Africa demonstrates why we should take on the challenge and provides ideas and methods through which it can be met.
Sir Gordon Conway is a Professor of International Development at Imperial College London. He was previously Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Department for International Development, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex. He is author of The Doubly Green Revolution and One Billion Hungry.
Ousmane Badiane is the recipient of the Africa Food Prize (2015), a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, and Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute.
Katrin Glatzel is Program Head of the Malabo Montpellier Panel program at the International Food Policy Research Institute's Africa Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal, and a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College London.
"On the whole, the book offers a wide-ranging, coherent, and insightful analysis of food security in Africa. Written by several experts in the area of sustainable agriculture, it is a very engaging and readable book that should be of particular interest to anyone with an interest in development studies, and its optimistic tone is very uplifting for the reader."
– Progress in Development Studies
"Food for All in Africa is truly gripping and provides an easy-to-follow pictoral exposition that will facilitate access by policy makers. This work, synthesizing core findings from the decades of experience of the preeminent expert authors in the areas of sustainable agriculture, is both welcome and important."
– Steven Haggblade, Michigan State
"Food for All in Africa is very impressive. Elegant and readable, it is a significant contribution to the discussion of food security in Africa."
– Sir Charles Godfray, University of Oxford