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The need for a professional network of agricultural and biosystems engineers in Africa

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Agricultural productivity in Africa remains the lowest in the world, but recent concerns about food insecurity, rising food prices and resource depletion have spurred world–wide interest about the role of African agriculture in feeding Africa and the world. Majority of world's uncultivated agricultural land is in Africa, yet the capacity to harness this resource remains limited due partly to very low application of innovative technologies which contribute to improved factor productivity. Postharvest loss remains high in Africa due to inadequate infrastructure, limited agro–processing and other value addition activities, and lack of favourable policies. These challenges present unique opportunities for agricultural and biosystems engineers in Africa and around the world to come together as a critical mass of educators, researchers and thought leaders to drive the change needed to transform African agriculture. AfroAgEng will stimulate, promote and shape the education, research, policy and practice of agricultural and biosystems engineering in Africa.

Keywords: agricultural engineering, biosystems engineering, mechanisation, irrigation, food security, postharvest losses, agro–processing, technological innovation, Africa, agricultural productivity, agriculture, education, research, policy

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