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African Leaders Gather in Ethiopia to Combat Food Shortage in Sub-Saharan Africa

Food for AfricaIn July 2012 the African Union (AU) declared 2014 “The Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa”.

Jennifer Thomson, author of Food for Africa: The life and work of a scientist in GM crops, spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year about the value genetically modified food can add to the food shortage crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.

This week African ministers and business leaders have come together to continue the conversation at the African Green Revolution Forum in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa to come up with practical solutions to the issue of food shortage.

BBC environmental reporter Mark Kinver writes about the four-day meeting, which will “focus on delivering agriculture-led economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa”:

As well as focusing on the wider issues of productivity and poverty reduction, the Forum will also discuss a number of specific topics, such as reducing post-harvest losses and climate-resilient farming.

On Tuesday, a report looking at the impact of climate change on the continent’s small-scale farmers is expected to be presented to the meeting.

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