According to the Africa Agriculture Status Report, Africa has 60 percent of the world's arable land and most of its countries depend on farming as the mainstay of their economies, yet productivity is low, the average size of land holdings is shrinking, soil fertility is declining, fertiliser use is the lowest in the world and rural people are unable to break out of poverty.
Report Suggests Steps to Boost Food Growing
Published by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a non-governmental organisation headed by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the 200-page study examines each stage in the production of food, from the availability of land and good quality seeds to getting crops to market.
In addition, it looks also at factors such as technology, access to finance and how government policies encourage or inhibit the development of agriculture.
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