G8 Kananaskis Africa Action Plan

Sectors : Agricultural and biotechnology
Organisation : G8
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“VII. Increasing Agricultural Productivity

...In support of the NEPAD’s growth and sustainable development initiatives on agriculture, we commit to...

...7.2 Working with African countries to reduce poverty through improved sustainable productivity and competitiveness – including by:
• Supporting the development and the responsible use of tried and tested new technology, including biotechnology, in a safe manner and adapted to the African context, to increase crop production while protecting the environment through decreased usage of fragile land, water and agricultural chemicals;

• Studying, sharing and facilitating the responsible use of biotechnology in addressing development needs;

• Helping to improve farmers’ access to key market information through the use of traditional and cutting edge communications technologies, while also building upon ongoing international collaboration that strengthens farmers’ entrepreneurial skills;

• Encouraging partnerships in agriculture and water research and extension to develop, adapt and adopt appropriate demand-driven technologies, including for low-income resource poor farmers, to increase agricultural productivity and improve ability to market agricultural, fish and food products;