Moseley’s talk focuses on the reasons for failed agricultural development efforts in Africa with a focus on four countries where he has done research: Mali, Burkina Faso, South Africa, and Botswana. He also highlights successful efforts in each of these countries as a way to outline future directions that emphasize a more well-rounded understanding of food security and agroecology. The talk concludes with ideas for more effective institutions at the national, regional and international levels.
Dr. William Moseley is the DeWitt Wallace Professor of Geography, and director of the Food, Agriculture & Society Program at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His research interests include tropical agriculture, food security, and development policy. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, as well as eight books. In addition to his academic work, Moseley worked for the World Bank Environment Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He serves on the International Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the UN Committee on World Food Security.