Report on African agriculture launched

A new report containing detailed statistics and data on African agriculture has been launched, SciDev.Net has reported.

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The report will enable researchers, scientists, farmers and policymakers to access timely, relevant and reliable data on the sector. The Africa Agriculture Status Report, published by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), was launched during the third African Green Revolution Forum in Maputo, Mozambique. It addresses the gaps in agricultural statistics and data that are often hard to come by in Africa. These statistics and data are necessary for policy formulation to promote food and nutrition security.

The report was compiled from data supplied by African ministries of agriculture, bureaus of statistics and international institutions that track key indicators. These include the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The report focuses on the 16 countries in which Agra operates and states that Africa has the world′s lowest ratio of agricultural researchers, with only 70 researchers per million inhabitants. 

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The full report is available at