International Technology Transfer And The African Farmer: Theory And Practice
Eicher, Carl K
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Africa is now at the center of the world food and hunger discussions because there is growing support for the view that the basic problem - the food production gap - has been building up for .several decades and it will require a minimum of 10-15 years to solve it (Eicher, 1982). The selection of Food Security in Africa as the theme for a meeting of Deans of Faculties of Agriculture is timely because this is the tenth anniversary of the 1974 World Food Conference in Rome, a ministerial-level meeting called to deal with what was perceived to be a world food crisis. Although the world food crisis vanished a few years after the Rome conference, the food production crisis in Africa is real. Moreover, Africa's food production problem will not vanish through short term responses such as increasing aid, policy dialogues and the preparation of food strategy statements.