Will this year be a turning point for African agriculture?




Will 2013 be pinpointed as the year in which Africa’s ‘Green Revolution’ finally took root? It marks the tenth anniversaries of the 2003 Maputo Declaration and the resulting Africa-led Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)—which aim to reverse decades of underinvestment in agriculture and eliminate hunger and poverty through agriculture, respectively. It also marks 50 years of the African Union.


Bean market in the North Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo Credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT


At this pivotal time, grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization ONE has set out to quantify progress made by African governments towards meeting the specific Maputo pledges, which include allocating 10% of budgets towards agriculture and seeking 6% annual agricultural growth by 2008. In its report A Growing Opportunity: Measuring Investments in African…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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