Three diapered goats in the trunk of a car, bought at the local livestock market, await the drive in Mali (photo on Flickr by Romel Jacinto).
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) recently released a book of case studies illustrating ‘high- payoff/low-cost’ initiatives that could help avoid future African food crises.
This publication on African markets comes just as the immediate impacts of a great drought that ravaged East Africa’s Horn throughout the second half of 2011 are finally declining and another drought begins to take its toll across West Africa’s vast Sahelian agropastoral lands.
Based on the case studies presented in the new book, Jimmy Smith, director general of ILRI, and Namanga Ngongi, president of AGRA, argue in a joint opinion piece this month that we have to ‘bring markets to farmers’ doorsteps’.
AGRA president Namanga Ngongi (photo on Flickr…
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