Africa Agriculture Status Reports

  • aasr-report-cover
    06 September 2016

    Over the last decade, millions of small family farms in Africa have experience big changes. These farms are the continent’s main source of food, employment, and income. Many African governments have put agriculture back to the top of the development agenda, and from a growing revenue base, they have increased the proportion of their national budgets going to this vital sector.

  • AASR2015
    04 April 2015

    The chapters in this year’s narrative section deal with the current status of youth in sub-Saharan Africa and present the opportunities and potential that the region’s ‘youth bulge’ and ‘youthening’ generation brings to agriculture.

  • africa-agriculture-status-report-2014
    01 January 2014

    Humanity is at an environmental crossroads, and the long-term welfare of literally billions of people is at stake. Climate change has been sneaking up on us for many decades – some say ever since the advent of the Industrial Revolution – but it is only relatively recently that steps began to be taken to confront what I have called a ‘creeping catastrophe’. In 1989, the United Nations established the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and called for global action to reverse the alarming, but at the time, not well-understood climate trends. The UNFCCC explicitly requested Member States to enact effective environmental legislation, and that new environmental standards and ecosystem management objectives be embraced. Since then,considerable progress has been made, both in terms of our scientific understanding of climate change and its likely impacts, as well as in the willingness of governments to acknowledge and address the challenge.

  • africa-agriculture-status-report-2013
    01 January 2013

    The world faces a major agricultural challenge. We must, over the next few decades, find ways to deliver nutritious, safe, and affordable food to a growing global population that is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050. Stress on our land and water, increase in soil degradation, salinization of irrigated areas, migration of youth to urban areas, climate changes, are among the many risks that are negatively affecting the agricultural production potential in many countries around the world. The need for a comprehensive solution to global food and nutritional security is urgent. Our progress in ensuring a sustainable and equitable food supply chain will be determined by how coherently the persistent challenges are tackled. This will also determine our progress in reducing global poverty and achieving a uniquely African Green Revolution.