It’s simple Africa: Technology for agricultural growth and poverty reduction

Introducing new technologies--such as this mechanical rice thresher in Konongo, Ghana--is crucial for agricultural growth and subsequent poverty reduction.

Introducing new technologies–such as this mechanical rice thresher in Konongo, Ghana–is crucial for agricultural growth and subsequent poverty reduction.

Agricultural growth in Africa helps to reduce rural poverty. According to Professor Asenso Okyere, Director of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), who presented at the ongoing FARA Africa Agricultural Science Week (AASW6), every 1% increase in agricultural growth leads to a 1.83% reduction in rural poverty. Agricultural growth or awareness is thus vital to helping Africa advance as a continent.

Adopting of science-based technologies substantially accelerates growth in agriculture because innovation helps farmers to learn more and get the most out of their land and crops. Science and technology also facilitates the agricultural decision-making process and improves farmers’ quality of life.

However, one of the principle factors slowing the uptake of these advancements by small farmers is lack of awarness: what is the technology, how is it acquired and where, and how is it used?

The solution requires, first, the dissemination of information on the considerable benefits of innovations and technologies that will spark farmers’ interest in introducing them on their farms. The second requirement is financial incentive and assistance, otherwise the often high start-up costs of adopting these technologies could deter many farmers.

A final thought is that experienced farmers should not be neglected in the promotion of technology. Rather, they should be called upon to share their considerable experience for the benefit of new and upcoming farmers.

Blogpost by Jonathan Onogwu, a social media reporter for AASW6.

Photo: N. Cooke

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About mscisjonathanonogwu

I am from delta state in Nigeria. I did all my previous education in Nigeria. I have done some industrial attachment with some companies. In 2008 i was attached to Securities and Exchange commission were i was taught on computer hardware,software,application and networking. Securities and exchange commission is a very prestigious organization that regulates the capital market internationally. I have also worked in a mortgage bank were i was drawing up appraisals for clients eligible for loans. I am currently running my Masters in Information Systems Management in the University of Salford Manchester. I am an achiever and is very committed to working with people to achieve a desired result.

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