oa Africa Insight - The crisis in African agriculture

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Within the next few years, many African countries will celebrate thirty years of independence. But thinking back to the high expectations of national economic growth cherished three decades ago, any mood of celebration must be dampened by the awareness that Africans, overall, are almost as poor today as they were thirty years ago. Most African states are suffering from high population growth rates, declining per capita food production, severe land degradation, declining export revenues, worsening trade balances and enormous debts. The predominant link between all these factors is agriculture.

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