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A Seedbed of Revolution

September 14, 2006

Senior fellow Peter Timmer is quoted in this Economist article about the possibility and political nature of creating a Green Revolution in Africa.

From the article:

This matters, because the green revolution's triumph in Asia owed as much to political commitment as it did to technical ingenuity. As Peter Timmer, a fellow at the Centre for Global Development, points out, Asian nations were too big to rely on food imports and too proud to depend indefinitely on the food aid America offered in return for loyalty in the cold war. New technologies were a necessary condition for the green revolution, but not a sufficient one. It succeeded because Asian governments made sure their farmers, big and small, were able and willing to avail themselves of fertiliser, irrigation and connections to markets. If Mr Borlaug was the father of the revolution, political necessity was its mother.