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Africa Urged to Change Policy on Food

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 17:08
The United Nations (UN) food agency says that a recent boost in sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural production indicates a break
The United Nations (UN) food agency says that a recent boost in sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural production indicates a break with the past, but concerted and purposeful policy action is required to maintain the momentum.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) notes that after decades of decline, sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector – 80 percent of which consists of smallholder farmers -- grew more than 3.5 percent in 2008, well above the two percent rate of population growth.

FAO further says The gains were driven by a more favourable policy environment for agriculture in many countries and higher world prices for food commodities such as wheat and rice.

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Source: 
<br /> Mail and Guardian
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