Africa’s Sustainable Transformation Process

Agriculture is key to Africa’s prosperity and development. A new book offers policy recommendations and defines relevant strategic priorities for Africa’s sustainable transformation process.

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What are the challenges and action points for agricultural sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa? Researchers at the African Development Bank have brought together contributors to share success stories to date and offer technical analyses in their Open Access book Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond the collection of and reflection on African stories, this compilation interestingly proposes pragmatic policy options for improving agriculture productivity, mitigating climate shocks exposure and promoting agro-industrialisation. As advocated by the authors, these three targets are key to unleashing Africa’s agriculture potential.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest area of arable uncultivated land in the world and huge agricultural growth potential that has yet to be taken advantage of. Out of about 795 million people suffering from chronic undernourishment globally, 220 million live in Sub-Saharan Africa. This marks the highest prevalence of undernourishment worldwide. Although agriculture remains the main source of income for Africa’s population, the sector is rain-fed subjecting it to the vagaries of weather and climate change. This volume demonstrates the rationale of developing a competitive, inclusive and sustainable agribusiness sector for Africa’s food security and structural transformation.

By: Palgrave Macmillan


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