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Democracy in Development: Food Security and Innovations for Africa’s Agriculture

by Isobel Coleman
August 8, 2012

A farmer uses one of KickStart's pumps to irrigate farmland in Africa (Courtesy KickStart). A farmer uses one of KickStart's pumps to irrigate farmland in Africa (Courtesy KickStart).

Yesterday on my blog, I wrote about Africa’s unrealized agricultural potential and the efforts of KickStart, a non-profit that is working to boost yields through low-cost irrigation technology. As I write:

Today, just 6 percent of Africa’s cultivated land is irrigated as opposed to 14 percent in Latin America and 37 percent in Asia. Expanding irrigation in Africa could make a huge difference for the continent’s food insecure people, and also contribute to global food supplies.

You can read the full post here.

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