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E30a
Future trends, grand challenges, and politics of anticipation in africa (and the role of interdisciplinary studies in Africa)
Convenors:
Detlef Mueller-Mahn (University of Bonn)
Marieke van Winden (conference organiser) (African Studies Centre Leiden)
Paul Kamau (University of Nairobi)
Juliet Kamau (University of Bonn)
Stream:
E: Transdisciplinary debates

Abstract:

Globally, there is much debate about the rapid demographic developments in Africa (population growth, urbanization, youth bulge, migration), the growing demand for food, and the scenarios of African food production (Africa’s own green revolution?) also connected to scenarios of climate change. What are the debates about these linkages in Africa itself, both in academic circles, in think tanks and in public agencies? Are demographic and climate change developments seen as a threat for food security or as opportunities? What opinions exist about the ‘order of priorities’: agriculture first, or mining and industry first? Is Africa seen as ‘different’ from (historical) trends in other parts of the world? [coordination: CRC Future Rural Africa (University of Bonn and University of Cologne), together with the ASCL (and partners like NIDI, Rutgers, Wageningen University, Foodlog, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), University of Nairobi (IDS), and the University of Namibia].