AUTHOR’S PERSONAL STORY My father grew up on a farm and worked in the post office in Kaolack, a town in Senegal. Though he never went to school, he taught me many things. He taught me what was right and what was wrong, and he made sure I got the education he never could. I felt like I was going for both of us. Luckily, I loved biology and math. I received a scholarship to study agricultural sciences in France. Then it was taken away and given to someone else whose family had more influence. I appealed and was awarded a different scholarship to study anywhere in Europe. I chose to study in Germany based on my favorite soccer team then, Monchengladbach, the destroyer of all European teams!
I have spent the past thirty years working to promote positive change in Africa through agriculture, including lending support to the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development to advance the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Plan. I believe agriculture is a pathway to a great African future. I like to say that the gold of tomorrow looks green.
Ousmane Badiane is the Africa Director for the International Food Policy Research Institute