Africa can learn important lessons from the development successes and challenges of other Southern Nations. South-South partnerships on common challenges such as agriculture, adaptation to climate change, water and health can lead to huge strides forward in reducing poverty and sustainable development. Growth in the agricultural sector in many Asian and Latin American countries, including China and Brazil, has prompted growth in other sectors and helped reduce poverty. As these examples show, there is no one route for countries to move from an agricultural to an industrialised and higher income economy. Understanding the different routes and appreciating the drawbacks, as well as the opportunities, can help African nations grow their way out of poverty.
Wellard Dyer, K. CAADP Policy Brief 12. Can China and Brazil helpAfrica feed itself? (2013) 12 pp.