The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa

This is an interesting book on the continuing challenges in African agriculture, which is currently at a crossroads where persistent food shortages are compounded by threats from climate change. But, as this book argues, Africa faces three major opportunities that can transform its agriculture into a force for economic growth: advances in science and technology; the creation of regional markets; and the emergence of a new crop of entrepreneurial leaders dedicated to the continent's economic improvement.

The book is by Kenyan-born Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa. It was published by Oxford University Press in January 2011.

Filled with case studies from within Africa and success stories from developing nations around the world, The New Harvest outlines the policies and institutional changes necessary to promote agricultural innovation across the African continent. Incorporating research from academia, government, civil society, and private industry, the book suggests multiple ways that individual African countries can work together at the regional level to develop local knowledge and resources, harness technological innovation, encourage entrepreneurship, increase agricultural output, create markets, and improve infrastructure.

The New Harvest is a product of the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For details and free chapter downloads visit

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