Africa Needs Roads, Technology to Prosper

By Kelsey Duckett

A Kenyan-born Harvard professor told leaders from five East African countries on Thursday that the continent can feed itself within a generation if farmers embrace modern technology and governments expand infrastructure and harmonize regional markets.

Calestous Juma said in the article that Africa should focus on agriculture as an engine for regional trade and prosperity.

The article stated that Juma told the presidents of Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania as well as the prime minister of Rwanda and foreign minister of Uganda that they must embrace modern technologies, including biotechnology, and continue to expand basic infrastructure like roads, irrigation canals and energy grids. Farm mechanization and food storage also must be improved.

According to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, 1 billion people around the world are undernourished. Nearly 240 million of those people are in Africa. About 70 percent of Congo’s population – or 42 million people – are undernourished. In Ethiopia, it’s about 41 percent – 31.6 million people, according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

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