Although agricultural R&D spending and human resource capacity has grown considerably in the region since 2000, it was concentrated in only a few African countries.
If Australia can find a way to successfully embrace these seven critical reforms, then it may be lucky enough to save its agricultural future before technological obsolescence snuffs it out.
Even Asimov, arguably the best popular writer on science ever, incredibly prolific (he seems to have written around 500 books), and genuinely knowledgeable, did not predict the changes in human society.
It is starting to sink in that the world's heavy reliance on fossil fuels will only end once the alternatives become a lot cheaper and that this requires a much bigger research and development effort.
At any rate, more than half of R & D expenditure in Australia seems to come from business.
How much science does Australia produce for the amount of money it spends; what is the quality of its science and what makes for high quality anyway?
Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as some companies turn to renewable energy to cut costs and lighten their carbon footprint.
There is an almost infinite number of brilliant ideas that need public money to show their true value, and governments need a filtering system.
Very few scientists are in any real sense across 'science' as a whole. Science has become so large there are millions of experts, but they are expert only in a minuscule part.
Off-hand, ideologically-driven or politically-motivated opinions disguised as facts are nothing new in political discourse.
The decision to reject this delisting proposal has itself set an unfortunate precedent for Australia that it is now OK for politics, personal agendas, and nepotism to override science and due process.
Within a fairly short space of time, solar generated electricity will be fully cost competitive with coal-powered electricity.