How Africa can learn from Chinese agriculture

African countries have spent decades trying to jump-start agricultural production. In the search for new approaches, many experts are looking for answers in China’s impressive agricultural achievements. China, of course, is very different from Africa. But, China’s commitment in the 1980s to increase food production and rural income rapidly was a central pillar of the broader economic development agenda. The objective was to create the food security, rural stability, surplus income, and labour supply to drive broader industrial development. In Africa, attempts to solve agricultural challenges through surgical approaches, such as a focus on accelerating one input or other, have failed as input was turned into a commodity politicians traded. Read more here.
Steve Davis and Jonathan Woetzel


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