Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Green Revolution in Africa

There was a global green revolution (basically efforts towards improving crop yields) starting in the 1940s and following decades that was amazingly successful in helping lift numerous countries out of extreme poverty. The green revolution in China is seen as playing a primary role in the direction they are heading now. The green revolution was actually attempted for some time in Africa, but extreme challenges and problems prevented it from taking root. People gave up and left Africa to be, for the most part, and now Sub-Sahara Africa is the only widespread global region where its people are just getting hungrier and hungrier.

It looks like Africa is going to get its chance again. The Gates Foundation made a grand announcement yesterday. As their article title suggests, they are giving hope for African farmers again.

It was also featured on NPR this morning talking about the Gates Foundation partnering with an amazing Ugandan woman. You can listen to it here.


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