An article in online magazine The Atlantic has examined what it describes as Africa’s “agricultural revolution”.
The report, by Isobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations, looks at the rise of innovation and technology in African agriculture, particularly a KickStart scheme to provide farmers with cutting edge irrigation technology.
The article argues that:
- Increased irrigation could make African agriculture up to 50% more efficient;
- Currently, only 6% of cultivated land in Africa is irrigated, meaning there is vast potential for development;
- New farming initiatives, such as a non-profit scheme to provide smallholders with portable pumps, “have already lifted 667,000 people out of poverty”; and,
- Improved infrastructure and genetically modified crops are also contributing to the ‘agriculture revolution’.