2018 PARI news & events

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FAZ Article: Solving the problem of hunger in Africa

How to solve the problem of hunger in Africa? And how to promote agricultural development? Different people and organizations have different answers to this questions – ranging from population control to organic farming to a technology driven African Green Revolution. In an article for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the PARI researchers Prof. Dr. Regina Birner and Thomas Daum analyze five such answers. Where do they have a point and where do they fall short?

The article was published as part of the FAZ-series “Race to feed the world” and can be read here.



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#StriveInBerlin – Youth Townhall Event

On December 3, 2018, around 200 people attended the Youth Townhall Meeting with entrepreneur Strive Masiyiwa at Humboldt University in Berlin to discuss  Africa’s future. In attendance were members of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) board as well as the Stefan Schmidt of the German BMZ and as well as researchers from ZEF in Bonn. Among the attendees were approximately 50 current students who traveled together from from ZEF and the University of Bonn – originally from African countries such as Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Read more about the Townhall event in ZEF News.

Watch the recorded livestream on Strive Masiyiwa’s Facebook page.

Read the coverage on Twitter (#StriveInBerlin).


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PARI side-event at AGRF 2018 focuses on strategies for engaging the youth in rural areas

This year PARI hosted a side-event at the African Green Revolution Forum 2018 co-organized by ZEF and FARA.  Under the broad theme Africa’s rural youth – An underutilized resource for the transformation of African agriculture, the event brought together an esteemed group of speakers representing entrepreneurs, the youth, researchers and development partners to discuss how to economically engage young people in rural development and agricultural value chains in Africa.Read more PARI side-event at AGRF 2018 focuses on strategies for engaging the youth in rural areas

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PARI partners define research priorities for mechanization

A week-long workshop brought together PARI partners for the first meeting of newly established research cluster on mechanization in Kenya. Researchers from Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, and Benin developed common research approaches to maximize policy-relevant lessons across countries and tested the research tools in the field. The overall aim is to identify agricultural mechanization pathways which are sustainable from economic, social and environmental perspectives. Read more PARI partners define research priorities for mechanization