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Food Security

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 351–360 | Cite as

Integrating a broader notion of food security and gender empowerment into the African Green Revolution

  • Joel Negin
  • Roseline Remans
  • Susan Karuti
  • Jessica C. Fanzo
Original Paper

Abstract

A Green Revolution for Africa is emerging after decades of neglect of Africa’s agricultural systems. To counter these years of neglect, the then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for “a uniquely African Green Revolution”. Since then, a number of initiatives have emerged or are emerging to realize this important vision. As more money and attention galvanizes much-needed action on the African Green Revolution, a vigorous debate is required to ensure that the mission of improving food security on the world’s poorest continent is achieved in the most effective, comprehensive and inclusive manner possible. The African Green Revolution cannot be limited to increasing yields of staple crops but must be designed as a driver of sustainable development, which includes gender empowerment and nutrition elements. This paper first reviews the Asian Green Revolution’s successes and shortcomings from a nutrition and gender perspective and then outlines what the global community can do to ensure that some of the limitations of the Asian Green Revolution, specifically with regard to nutrition and gender, are not repeated.

Keywords

Nutrition Agriculture Green revolution Gender Food security 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful for the comments on the manuscript by and support of Glenn Denning.

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel Negin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Roseline Remans
    • 2
  • Susan Karuti
    • 3
  • Jessica C. Fanzo
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Public HealthUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.The Earth Institute at Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.The MDG Centre, East and Southern AfricaEarth Institute at Columbia UniversityNairobiKenya

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