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This is a refreshing new book that steps back from the usual debates about approriate agricultural policies and programmes interventions for redressing Africa's pressing poverty and food security needs... Calestous Juma develops a compelling vision of how knowledge and innovation systems that bring together the best of modern science and local knowledge could - with the encouragement of entrepreneurship throughout value chains, the right kinds of public-private partnerships and the opening of regional markets - lead to agricultural growth clusters that would drive national and regional economic growth across Africa... There is much wisdom in this book. Peter Hazell, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London [Calestous Juma's] optimism is refreshing - a welcome antidote to the pessimistic view of African development of previous decades. Nature A remarkably optimistic outlook for agriculture in Africa ... Juma's account succeeds in offering a glimpse of the possible. The book provides a welcome relief from the gloom and despair in popular narratives about African agriculture. Science Calestous Juma draws on a rich harvest of research to write a convincing analysis of the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in the agricultural sectors of Africa. Hopefully, it will be widely read by scholars and policy analysts across Africa as well as outside. It is a great book. Elinor Ostrom, Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, and 2009 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Calestous Juma has once again produced a book that will be an important reference for scholars, researchers and practitioners in their search for ways to break the persistent conundrum that is Africa's failure to properly exploit its huge agricultural potential. The book reveals his exceptional ability to express ideas that will be relevant to the emerging trends in Africa's agricultural and political economy. Monty Jones, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, and 2004 World Food Prize Laureate This book presents a timely analysis of the importance of infrastructure in improving Africa's agriculture. Leaders at national and state levels will benefit immensely from its evidence-based recommendations. Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria This book is a forceful reminder of the important role that African women play in agriculture on the continent. It is critical that they are provided with equal educational opportunity as a starting point for building a new economic future for the continent. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia New technologies, especially biotechnology, provide African countries with additional tools for improving the welfare of farmers. I commend this book for the emphasis it places on the critical role that technological innovation plays in agriculture. The study is a timely handbook for those seeking new ways of harnessing new technologies for development, including poor farmers, many of whom are women. Blaise Compaore, President of Burkina Faso The New Harvest underscores the importance of global learning in Africa's agricultural development. It offers new ideas for international cooperation on sustainable agriculture in the tropics. It will pave the way for improved collaboration between Africa and South America. Laura Chincilla, President of Costa Rica ...Calestous Juma of Harvard University, has produced a book of evidence-based recommendations for transforming African food production. As Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard, he recognises the shortcomings of the past, particularly the lack of political and, consequently, financial commitment to agriculture, but he also instances the recent changes in political and investment emphasis that could provide foundation for a new and more fruitful era. New Agriculturist Juma has made a highly valuable and timely effort towards putting agricultural science, technology development, innovation and education back on the agenda of African leaders. Rolf A. E. Mueller, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture

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Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society, the United Kingdom's scientific academy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199783195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199783199
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School. He directs the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and serves as Faculty Chair of Innovation for Economic Development executive program. He was Chancellor of the University of Guyana and has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and the African Academy of Sciences. He has won several international awards for his work on sustainable development. He holds a doctorate in science and technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and environment.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nmac on January 14, 2011
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In just about any dimension you can think of, Africa's role in the 21st century is going to be pivotal for the planet. Every one of the 6.7 billion of us have a stake in how Africa does. Fundamental to it all are the people of Africa, their food, their water, their shelter and security, and their health. Food is one vital key, and just about as vital as it gets. At first the subject seems unbelievably complicated and very challenging to understand and to see a way out of the labyrinth. This book is the guidebook we all need to see the potential roadblocks, detours, washouts, and find the clear road ahead to an Africa that will be good for itself and for the planet. It is written by a world-renowned expert on Africa, Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard University and a Fellow of the Royal Society in the UK. In his book, which is so easily and enjoyably read, Professor Juma does the equivalent of taking us up in a small plane with him and showing us all of Africa's agricultural problems, challenges, and enormous potential, not from ground level of course, and not from 35,000 feet, but from about 10,000 feet where we can see the big picture without losing and of the grainy resolution that is so essential in understanding a subject this complex. It is 217 pages of superbly written text that will easily engage you throughout and will leave you with a excellent framework regarding what can and must be done for Africa, and thus all of us, to succeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Britt Brennan on February 26, 2012
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It's uncomfortable to see an academic-turned-advocate in action, and that is Calestous Juma in "The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa." Juma clearly wants Africa to be the next big developing region, for obvious reasons: It's his home continent, and he has always cared about it deeply. He also makes an often persuasive case for why his hopes will become true. Africa has great amounts of arable land, labor is cheap, and in many cases, there's nowhere to go but up.

But his enthusiasm at times clouds his judgment. South Sudan, which he contends could by itself feed Africa, truly could do so, as he cites. It also, at the moment, is embroiled in a civil war and does not have the roads or the resources to even come close to becoming a breadbasket within a generation as Juma contends is possible. Similar overhyping mars other parts of the book. A little William Easterly would make Calestous Juma more credible.

Any reader with a conscience wants to share Juma's dream and do what they can to make it a reality. In this book, Juma's heavy boosterism comes dangerously close to undermining his own words. This book is useful and commendable, just not as much as it could be with a more clear-eyed view.
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By David Machingaidze on March 22, 2015
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An authoritative analysis of the impending green revolution in Africa.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By leggo on January 20, 2011
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For a fascinating and somewhat philosophical history of the Green Revolution, anyone who reads The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa will also want to read The Seeds We Sow, Kindness That Fed A Hungry World.
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