One of the online magazines I enjoy reading is ‘This is Africa’, you can check them out here
I read an interesting article titled ‘Spreading the Wealth’ and figured I’d share some facts that I thought were interesting.
- Agriculture growth is one of the most effective ways to support the livelihoods of the poorest.
- Most Africans remain bound to agriculture, with approx. 60% of the work force engaged in this sector. The dependence of the labour force on agriculture is high in the likes of Burkina Faso (92%), Rwanda (89%), Burundi (88%), Niger (80%) and Guinea Bissau (80%).
- A recent survey of 7 countries by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) found that agriculture-led growth consistently led to higher rates of poverty reduction compared to non-agricultural sector growth.
- According to the IFPRI, in several cases growing food staples is proving to be more effective at reducing poverty compared to growing exports crops.
- Besides generating greater income for rural communities, improved agricultural productivity impacts the urban poor by lowering prices of food products.
- The proportion of Ghanaian population living below the extreme poverty line declined from 36.5% to 18.2% between 1991/2 and 2005/6. Agriculture which accounts for 56% of employment and 30% of GDP, was a key driver to this change.
- One of the most profound investments governments can make to support agriculture is in the area of infrastructure. High transport cost prove a major impediment to market access for the rural poor.
- One of the biggest emerging threat to the sector is climate change.
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