Posted on January 27, 2012 by Naomi Finseth

We are producing more food than ever before, yet almost a billion people in
the world are hungry. Though greater productivity and economic returns on
agriculture have immediate effects on hunger and poverty, the depletion of
natural resources and declining soil fertility threaten these benefits. Holistic
progress requires a strong understanding of diverse farming methods and a
range of options for small-scale farmers rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
In Africa, women grow 80 percent of the food, but are marginalized in formal
agricultural knowledge and science. How can these issues be addressed by
leveraging the diverse experiences of the poor?

Judith Wakhungu, Senior Agriculture Officer, Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture
12:30 PM – 1:50 PM @ Dentistry / Pharmacy Centre 1030
Sponsored by Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

We are producing more food than ever before, yet almost a billion people in
the world are hungry. Though greater productivity and economic returns on
agriculture have immediate effects on hunger and poverty, the depletion of
natural resources and declining soil fertility threaten these benefits. Holistic
progress requires a strong understanding of diverse farming methods and a
range of options for small-scale farmers rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
In Africa, women grow 80 percent of the food, but are marginalized in formal
agricultural knowledge and science. How can these issues be addressed by
leveraging the diverse experiences of the poor?
Professor Judith Wakhungu is the Executive Director of the African Centre for
Technology Studies in Nairobi, an independent, inter-governmental science,
technology, and environmental policy think tank that generates and disseminates
knowledge through policy analysis and capacity building. Professor Wakhungu
serves on several national and international boards, task forces, and committees,
including the African Conservation Centre, the GoDown Arts Centre, the Legatum
Centre at MIT and several others.

 


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