Publication / 8 June 2009

Does Africa need a Green Revolution?

Despite the international community's commitment to Millennium Development Goal no. 1 - Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger - an estimated number of 1 billion people is suffering from hunger. A key underlying fact is that the majority of the affected people live in drylands, and are left to fend for themselves. So far, neither the governments nor the international community have proven capable of successfully reaching out to these large groups of people.

Many international donors now seem to rally around Green Revolution approaches. Notwithstanding warning messages and the Green Revolution's controversial history. There's the need to treat this technology driven approach with considerable care.

Both ENDS and its partners have made land degradation, and drylands in particular, one of their key issues. This Policy Note explores the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to dryland management.

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