Commentary on "Water and Agriculture in a Changing Africa"

I was honored and humbled to be asked to serve as a discussant for this final leg of the Gates Symposium Series, and in particular to have the opportunity to share the discussion with John Briscoe. The goal of this series is to understand how lessons from other times and places might inform an effective and sustainable effort to eliminate food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) – the one region in the world where widespread lack of access to sufficient food is still deeply entrenched. Moreover, this series has focused on and featured speakers with extensive on-the-ground work. In these regards, with his multidisciplinary work in many different countries in numerous positions, John is the ideal person to address issue the of water- and food- security connections in SSA. 

Burney commentary
Burney_7_26_13.pdf