Accelerating results in Africa: Reflections from my recent trip

In the first half of November, I traveled to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Senegal. My first stop was in Nairobi, Kenya to take part in CGIAR-wide meetings, including the CGIAR Knowledge Day (an event to assess how the CGIAR Research Programs can best contribute to the system-level goals). In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I met with top >> Read more

Building the world’s newest nation—South Sudan: Agriculture must be the top priority

The Honorable Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry for the Republic of South Sudan, visited IFPRI on October 23 to discuss areas for future collaboration. She also participated in the seminar, “A New Path Forward: Agriculture and Food Security Strategy for South Sudan,” where she outlined a plan for sustainable agricultural development >> Read more

Securing West Africa’s Food Security: Reflections from a Recent Trip

At the end of June through early July, I traveled to West Africa—Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo. While I was there, I was able to observe firsthand the extent and severity of the drought ravaging the Sahel region, particularly in Burkina Faso. Sporadic rains, which set in at the beginning of last year’s cropping >> Read more

A New IFPRI Book Released on “Strategies and Priorities for African Agriculture”

Improving Africa’s agricultural sector is critical to building on the development milestones the region has achieved in the past decade, argues the new book, “Strategies and Priorities for African Agriculture: Economywide Perspectives from Country Studies.” Chapters from the book are case studies IFPRI conducted in supporting the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme >> Read more

Africa’s Transformation

H.E. Mr. John Kufuor, former President of the Republic of Ghana, visited IFPRI on June 14 to discuss Africa’s transformation process. He emphasized that the vision that sets the trajectory for transformation should come from leadership. President Kufuor stated that challenges like poor governance, weak institutions, inequality, and lack of political voice hinder representative leadership >> Read more

Feeding a Growing and Urbanizing Africa

On June 11, I was invited to speak at the 2012 US-Africa Forum, “Farming is a Business: Strengthening Linkages and Skills to Transform Africa’s Food Systems,” in Washington DC. My presentation on “Meeting the Food and Nutrition Demands of an Urbanizing Africa,” emphasized principally the need to transform smallholder farming to meet Africa’s growing food >> Read more