Agricultural Technology in Africa

Agricultural Technology in Africa: Issue 2


Published 26.03.24

We discuss recent trends in agricultural productivity in Africa and highlight how technological progress in agriculture has stagnated on the continent. We briefly review the literature that tries to explain this stagnation through the lens of particular constraints to technology adoption. Ultimately, none of these constraints alone can explain these trends. New research highlights pervasive heterogeneity in the gross and net returns to agricultural technologies across Africa. We argue that this heterogeneity makes the adoption process more challenging, limits the scope of many innovations, and contributes to the stagnation in technology use. We conclude with directions for policy and what we feel are still important, unanswered research questions.

Senior Editor Christopher Udry recently joined our podcast to discuss the latest version of this review. Listen here.

Presentation of key takeaways from Issue 1

For our launch event in 2022, Tavneet Suri and Chris Udry joined us to outline the key takeaways from Issue 1 of this VoxDevLit, highlighting policy relevant results from research on agricultural technology in Africa.