On April 7, at a policy seminar at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, D.C., Nienke Beintema, ASTI program leader, presented the new IFPRI Food Policy Report on African Agricultural R&D in the New Millennium: Progress for Some, Challenges for Many. Following a brief overview of the report’s main conclusions, the seminar featured a discussion on opportunities for addressing the challenges facing African agricultural R&D systems. The seminar, chaired by Mark Rosegrant, IFPRI Division Director, also featured presentations by Eugene Terry, formerly of the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) and Greg Traxler, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
A video of the seminar is available on the IFPRI website: http://www.ifpri.org/event/african-agricultural-research-and-development
The report has been picked up by a number of media outlets, including:
Voice of America: Africa's Hungriest Need Better Agricultural Research