Food technology for food security in Africa

01 October 2019
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Our insights draw from our deep agrifood value chain experience

Agricultural yields in Africa are currently sitting at around one quarter of the global average. Although technology is essential to improving the situation, adoption in the developing world is evolving more slowly than in other geographies. Reasons include smallholders with shortages of capital, poor rates of literacy and the dominance of mobile phone production.

It is vital that efforts to increase the use of farming technologies do not simultaneously destroy the jobs and incomes on which large proportions of African populations depend. There are also concerns that agricultural technologies may push farmers towards more chemically based farming systems, which, although providing short-term yield increase, deplete and degrade soils over longer periods of time. Judicious use of agricultural technologies can have a opposite effect, by minimising and optimising the amount of chemicals used.

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Food technology for food security in Africa

01 October 2019

Our insights draw from our deep agrifood value chain experience

Agricultural yields in Africa are currently sitting at around one quarter of the global average. Although technology is essential to improving the situation, adoption in the developing world is evolving more slowly than in other geographies. Reasons include smallholders with shortages of capital, poor rates of literacy and the dominance of mobile phone production.

It is vital that efforts to increase the use of farming technologies do not simultaneously destroy the jobs and incomes on which large proportions of African populations depend. There are also concerns that agricultural technologies may push farmers towards more chemically based farming systems, which, although providing short-term yield increase, deplete and degrade soils over longer periods of time. Judicious use of agricultural technologies can have a opposite effect, by minimising and optimising the amount of chemicals used.

Download the full insight here.

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