Seeding New African Agricultural Universities
March 6, 2012
Commentary by: Calestous Juma, director of the Center’s Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; principal investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa; member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: African agricultural universities
“Policy attention across Africa is shifting to fostering agricultural innovation through enhanced research support and entrepreneurship. This will require radical transformation of the system of higher agricultural education. The current separation between research in national institutes and education in universities is a major obstacle to innovation.
This article proposes an alternative approach involving the creation of agricultural universities under the relevant line ministries. The seed for such universities already exist in the form of national agricultural, livestock and fisheries institutes which can be upgraded to combine research, teaching, extension and commercialization under one roof.”
Juma also wrote “Critics of Biotech Crops Proved Wrong” for Business Daily on March 5, 2012 and was quoted in “Scale up existing S&T initiatives to bridge gender gap” by SciDev.Net on March 6, 2012.