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The New HarvestAgricultural Innovation in Africa$
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Calestous Juma

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190237233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190237233.001.0001

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Advances in Science, Technology, and Engineering

Advances in Science, Technology, and Engineering

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The New Harvest

Calestous Juma

Oxford University Press

African countries are faced with enormous technological challenges, but they also have access to a large pool of scientific and technical knowledge, giving them certain latecomer advantages. Current technological advances in the agricultural sector have the potential to contribute to both food security and food safety. Technology will also be important to mitigate climate change by reducing the agricultural sector’s dependence on fossil fuels and its contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions. The aim of this chapter is to review major advances in science, technology, and engineering and to identify their potential for use in African agriculture. This exploration will also include an examination of local innovations as well as indigenous knowledge. It will cover fields such as information and communications technology, ecology, and geographical sciences. It will emphasize the convergence of these and other fields and their implications for African agriculture.

Keywords:   latecomer advantages, science, technology, and engineering, technological advances, climate change, Africa, agriculture, ecology

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