Africa

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  • Industry: Consumer Markets
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 9/23/2013

Agriculture in Africa 

In recent years, there have been mounting concerns regarding the world’s ability to feed its population, not to mention the projected population of nine billion people in 2050. This figure implies that food production will have to increase by as much as 70 percent to keep the world nourished. Africa is one of the few regions in the world with vast ranges of land suitable for agricultural activity still unutilised.
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Our Agriculture in Africa sector report aims to provide a glimpse of Africa’s agricultural sector – where it stands, how it got there and what should be changed in order to move forward, knowing that potential alone is not enough to feed a growing population.

 

The Green Revolution seems to have passed Africa by once before, but by focusing investment and using available knowledge, the continent can initiate and sustain its own Green Revolution.

 

At present, the need for governments to do more is clear. While not all challenges can be overcome, there are numerous ways in which governments can support the millions of smallholders forming the base of Africa’s agricultural sector. It is also important to note that not all efficiency enhancers have to be of a high-tech nature, the simple transfer of knowledge may also be enough to make a difference. Investment is key to starting agricultural growth, but providing youth with the economic incentive to engage in agricultural activity is also crucial, as these will be the farmers of the future.

 

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