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ATDF Journal Volume 8 Issue 3 & 4, 2011 - Technology as a Tool of Empowerment
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Louise Fresco on European fear of global change in agriculture

The great misunderstanding about the food crisis in Western countries

The affluent urban elites have developed a purist ethic which considers all things imported to be a source of contamination of local culture and the environment. This attitude is not helpful when dealing with the global food security challenge

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ATDF Journal Volume 8 Issue 3 & 4, 2011 - Technology as a Tool of Empowerment

This special issue of ATDF journal is dedicated to the role of technology as a faciliator of sustainable change and a tool of economic empowerment. The papers look at the general impact of innovation on industrial development in Africa and portray user-friendly new technologies that enhance the value of traditional practices, decrease transaction costs for small businesses and facilitate more social, cultural and economic exchange. Economic theories as well as policy strategies that aim at promoting a global green economy often fail to recognize the potential of technology as a tool of empowerment because it is not associated with the crucial development and environment challenges of the 21th century. The contributors believe that these global sustainability challenges must be addressed effectively by applying more progressive policy instruments that enhance the welfare effects of technological change.
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ATDF Journal Volume 8 Issue 1 & 2, 2011 - Food Sovereignty

The contents of this issue of the ATDF Journal: The Global Food Crisis is not going away. The price peaks of 2008 have returned in 2011, but the remedies to address the problem largely remain the same. Many countries vow to fight the problem by invoking the fashionable term ‘Food Sovereignty’. It largely refers to the "right" of people to define their own food, agriculture, livestock and fisheries systems, in contrast to having food largely subject to international market forces. In our new ATDF issue we discuss the meaning of term ’Food Sovereignty’ and explore the potential impact of the pursuit of national food sovereignty policies on farming, research and trade protection.
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ATDF Journal Volume 7 Issue 3 & 4, 2010 - Industrial Policy

The contents of this special issue of the ATDF Journal: Problems facing Local Manufacturers in the Nigerian Agro-Allied Machine Fabrication Industry - From Science and Technology to Innovation for Development - Exploring the Constraints of Rural Enterprise Development and Poverty Reduction in Ghana - A resurgence in acquisition of industrial technology in Africa? Analysis of global trends in technology transfer - Overall Customer Satisfaction in Ghana‘s Mobile Telecommunication Networks: Implications for Management and Policy - An E-mentoring platform for entrepreneur-driven development in Africa
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ATDF Journal Volume 7 Issue 1 & 2, 2010 - Architecture

Architects and development specialists often live in different worlds and it is difficult to create a publicawareness for the development dimension of innovative architecture. This special issue of the ATDF Journal aims to change this by bringing the two worlds closer together showing a variety of innovative projects and discussing their impact on African development in general and sustainable urbanization and local entrepreneurship in particular.
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Bioscience for Farming in Africa The aim of this project is to encourage dialogue and to promote a better understanding of the available options for improving agricultural productivity in Africa
Tuesday 4 March 2014, by Webmaster

The need for institutional capacity development in tropical agriculture The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) was launched at the first G20-led Meeting of Agriculture Chief Scientists (MACS) in September 2012 in Mexico. The FAO-based initiative aims at addressing the “capacity gap” in agricultural innovation in tropical countries.
Saturday 18 January 2014, by Webmaster

Bt cotton = Farmer suicide in India? An article in "Issues in Science & Technology" (a publication of the US National Academy of Sciences) explains the persistant narrative of Bt cotton causing mass suicide among Indian farmers
Saturday 18 January 2014, by Webmaster

Innovation for Sustainable Intensification The 2013 Montpellier Panel Briefing calls for a new paradigm for African agriculture that can help address food and nutrition insecurity as well as spur growth, reduce poverty, create wealth, and protect the continent’s natural resources.
Wednesday 4 December 2013, by Webmaster

Want to become an internet billionaire? Move to Africa
Monday 12 December 2011

The role of science in the development agenda: the highs and lows of 2010
Monday 3 January 2011

G-20 SME Finance Challenge
Wednesday 3 November 2010

ImagineNations Group and Yahoo! Join to Engage Young Entrepreneurs (through mobile technology)
Sunday 10 October 2010

Comment on the orphan crop issue
Wednesday 15 September 2010

Geldof seeks to raise $1bn for African investment plan
Tuesday 7 September 2010

African Parliamentarians Back Call To Action For Green Revolution
Saturday 4 September 2010

African Technology Development Forum -