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Scientific innovation for the sustainable development of African agriculture

Silvia Travella (UGent) , Dulce De Oliveira (UGent) , Sylvie De Buck (UGent) , Fernand Lambein (UGent) , Delphin Diasolua Ngudi (UGent) , Vanessa De Bauw (UGent) , Godelieve Gheysen (UGent) , Marc Van Montagu (UGent) and Marc Heijde (UGent)
(2019) AFRIKA FOCUS. 32(2). p.117-133
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The African continent has considerable potential to reap the benefits associated with modern agricultural biotechnology. Plant biotechnology and breeding represent an invaluable toolbox to face the challenges of African agriculture, such as food and nutrition security, environment protection, soil fertility, and crop adaptation to new climatic conditions. As Africa has only relatively recently adopted agricultural biotechnology, it has the opportunity to harness the immense knowledge gathered over the last two decades while avoiding some of the difficulties experienced by early adopters. High-level research and education systems together with a specific regulatory framework are critical elements in the development of sustainable biotechnology-based agriculture and industry. The more actors that are involved in Research & Development applied to nutritionally and important local crops, the faster Africa will generate its future African innovators. Here, we discuss the contribution of plant biotechnology to a transformative African agriculture that combines intensification of land productivity and environmental sustainability.
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Plant Biotechology, Africa, Yield potential, Nutrition security, Environmental mitigation

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Travella, Silvia, et al. “Scientific Innovation for the Sustainable Development of African Agriculture.” AFRIKA FOCUS, vol. 32, no. 2, 2019, pp. 117–33.
APA
Travella, S., De Oliveira, D., De Buck, S., Lambein, F., Diasolua Ngudi, D., De Bauw, V., … Heijde, M. (2019). Scientific innovation for the sustainable development of African agriculture. AFRIKA FOCUS, 32(2), 117–133.
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Travella, Silvia, Dulce De Oliveira, Sylvie De Buck, Fernand Lambein, Delphin Diasolua Ngudi, Vanessa De Bauw, Godelieve Gheysen, Marc Van Montagu, and Marc Heijde. 2019. “Scientific Innovation for the Sustainable Development of African Agriculture.” AFRIKA FOCUS 32 (2): 117–33.
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Travella, Silvia, Dulce De Oliveira, Sylvie De Buck, Fernand Lambein, Delphin Diasolua Ngudi, Vanessa De Bauw, Godelieve Gheysen, Marc Van Montagu, and Marc Heijde. 2019. “Scientific Innovation for the Sustainable Development of African Agriculture.” AFRIKA FOCUS 32 (2): 117–133.
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Travella S, De Oliveira D, De Buck S, Lambein F, Diasolua Ngudi D, De Bauw V, et al. Scientific innovation for the sustainable development of African agriculture. AFRIKA FOCUS. 2019;32(2):117–33.
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S. Travella et al., “Scientific innovation for the sustainable development of African agriculture,” AFRIKA FOCUS, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 117–133, 2019.
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  author       = {Travella, Silvia and De Oliveira, Dulce and De Buck, Sylvie and Lambein, Fernand and Diasolua Ngudi, Delphin and De Bauw, Vanessa and Gheysen, Godelieve and Van Montagu, Marc and Heijde, Marc},
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  keywords     = {Plant Biotechology,Africa,Yield potential,Nutrition security,Environmental mitigation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {117--133},
  title        = {Scientific innovation for the sustainable development of African agriculture},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21825/af.v32i2.15771},
  volume       = {32},
  year         = {2019},
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