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Why early investment in farming is vital for Africa

Published on September 08, 2016

African countries that took early action in the past decade to invest in agriculture have reaped the rewards, enjoying higher economic growth and a bigger drop in malnutrition, a major farming development organisation said on Tuesday.

In a report, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) said: "After decades of stagnation, much of Africa has enjoyed sustained agricultural productivity growth since 2005." That has helped push down poverty rates in places like Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, it added.

The report, released to inform discussions at the African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi this week, noted that gains were made in early-moving African countries even if their governments did not hit a target set by the CAADP to allocate 10% of national budgets to agriculture. Read more. Source | Business Day Live