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Policy options for food system transformation in Africa and the role of science, technology and innovation

Policy options for food system transformation in Africa and the role of science, technology and innovation

Badiane, Ousmane, Hendriks, Sheryl ORCID: 0000-0002-1487-4302, Glatzel, Katrin, Abdelradi, Fadi, Admassie, Assefa, Adjaye, John Asafu, Ayieko, Miltone, Bekele, Endashaw, Chaibi, Thameur, Hassan, Mohamed Hag Ali, Mbaye, Mame Samba, Mengoub, Fatima Ezzahra, Miano, Douglas W., Muyonga, John H., Olofinbiyi, Tolulope, Ramadan, Racha and Sibanda, Simbarashe (2023) Policy options for food system transformation in Africa and the role of science, technology and innovation. In: von Braun, Joachim, Afsana, Kaosar, Fresco, Louise O. and Hassan, Mohamed Hag Ali, (eds.) Science and Innovations for Food Systems Transformation. Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0) . Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 713-735. ISBN 978-3031157028; 978-3031157035 (doi:

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As recognized by the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa – 2024 (STISA-2024), science, technology and innovation (STI) offer many opportunities for addressing the main constraints to embracing transformation in Africa, while important lessons can be learned from successful interventions, including policy and institutional innovations, from those African countries that have already made significant progress towards food system transformation. This chapter identifies opportunities for African countries and the region to take proactive steps to harness the potential of the food and agriculture sector so as to ensure future food and nutrition security by applying STI solutions and by drawing on transformational policy and institutional innovations across the continent. Potential game-changing solutions and innovations for food system transformation serving people and ecology apply to (a) raising production efficiency and restoring and sustainably managing degraded resources; (b) finding innovation in the storage, processing and packaging of foods; (c) improving human nutrition and health; (d) addressing equity and vulnerability at the community and ecosystem levels; and (e) establishing preparedness and accountability systems. To be effective in these areas will require institutional coordination; clear, food safety and health-conscious regulatory environments; greater and timely access to information; and transparent monitoring and accountability systems.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa; food security; innovation; transformation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2023 11:43

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