African leaders must do more to ensure continent meets farming potential

Published on November 8, 2012 at 4:09 AM · No Comments

"Consider, for example, Africa's agricultural land," Obasanjo writes, noting, "According to an influential recent analysis, Africa has around 600 million hectares of uncultivated arable land, roughly 60 percent of the global total." He discusses five areas in which "to increase agricultural productivity" on the continent. "First, African and donor agricultural policies must focus on the smallholder farmers"; "Second, African governments must deal with the land grab issue"; "Third, governments and others must help smallholder farmers manage risk more effectively"; "Fourth, we want to see the international community devote more money and more effort to improving food security and nutrition in Africa, an issue that goes to the heart of so many other development challenges"; and "Fifth, and finally, the international community should step up their support for climate change mitigation and adaptation," Obasanjo writes, concluding, "African leaders and their partners must all do more to shape the continent's mighty farming potential" (11/6).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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