In the first decade of the twenty-first century, countries within
Sub-Saharan Africa reached milestones that seemed impossible only ten
years ago: macroeconomic stability, sustained economic growth, and
improved governance. Continuing this pattern of success will require
enhancing the region’s agricultural sector, in which a large proportion
of poor people make a living. The authors of Strategies and Priorities
for African Agriculture: Economywide Perspectives from Country Studies
argue that, although the diversity of the region makes generalization
difficult, increasing staple-crop production is more likely to reduce
poverty than increasing export-crop production. This conclusion is based
on case studies of ten low-income African countries that reflect varying
levels of resource endowments and development stages. The authors also
recommend increased, more efficient public investment in agriculture and
agricultural markets and propose new directions for future research.
The last ten years have been an encouraging time for one of the world’s
poorest regions; this book offers an analysis of how recent, promising
trends can be sustained into the future.
Diao, X.; Thurlow, J.; Benin, S.; Fan, ShengGen. Strategies and Priorities for African Agriculture. Economywide perspectives from country studies. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, USA (2012) xii + 428 pp. ISBN 978-0-89629-195-9 [DOI: 10.2499/9780896291959]
Strategies and Priorities for African Agriculture. Economywide perspectives from country studies.