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Turning Food Crisis into Opportunities for African Agriculture

October 23, 2009

"The food crisis can be turned into opportunities for a food secure future. It has led to renewed interest in agriculture and is an opportunity for African countries to reenergize their agricultural sectors." Hartmann, the Director General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), forwards these thoughts along the World Food Day's theme on "Feeding the world in times of crisis."

Hartmann adds that: "The most effective way to end hunger and poverty is by increasing investments in the agricultural sector to improve productivity, diversify food systems, and intensify food processing and regional trade for wealth generation. We need not re-invent the wheel, technologies and know-how exist, they just need to be put into practice."

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