Dr. Zilberman asserts that Africa needs to combine all available technologies - fertilizer, ecology, pesticides and GMOs - to enable climate change adaptation. He maintains that Africa will be able to tackle the problem posed by new weather and poor soil by producing new strains and varieties.
It was a pleasure to interview Prof. David Zilberman of University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Zilberman holds the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He has been a professor at Berkeley for over three decades. David is passionate about African sustainable development and was excited to talk to us about contemporary Africa. In the video below, we are talking about the anticipated Green Revolution in Africa.
Here are the questions I ask David (see video below):
Victor Nandwa's work (seen below) is a depiction of Kasimba stage in Kayole estate, Nairobi. Nandwa takes the viewer to the busy streets of his home in Eastlands. One can feel the hustle and bustle of Nairobi's urbanity and vibrant youthful spirit in the air. To the right of the Isuzu bus Nandwa places a character with the slogan "Bidii yangu", which directly translates to: "my hard work got me here, and I'm proud of it." To me the bidii yangu philosophy is at the heart of the great technology driven sustainable development been experienced in East Africa. Agriculture is an area where young entrepreneurs are getting excited about in Kenya. The only Kenyan reality TV show, Shamba Shape Up, helps upcoming farmers use the most cutting edge practices to increase productivity on their farms regardless of scale.
The Bidii yangu attitude will without doubt enable Africa to overcome the challenges presented by the large youthful population that needs to be fed while tackling climate change adaptation and figuring out longterm food security.
Victor Nandwa, Kasimba Stage Kayole, mixed media on polyester cloth 28" x 24"
Mugo Chats with Renowned Resource Economist David Zilberman