Agricultural output to rise

06 Jul 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural output may rise 2.6 percent annually through 2025, boosted by productivity improvements.

“Faster technology adoption associated with the emergence of medium-scale producers and integration of smallholder producers into the value chain” will raise

The region is the world’s most food-insecure, with almost a quarter of the population of more than 950 million people undernourished, according to the organisations. Low productivity of agricultural resources, high population growth rates, political instability and civil strife have slowed progress in addressing this. About 43 percent of droughts over the past 25 years have occurred in the area, where crops are predominantly rain-fed, and projections suggest rain variability may increase over the coming decade, further affecting food security.

An El Niño weather pattern obliterated crops from South Africa to Ethiopia, leaving nearby countries fighting for supplies. Malawi has declared a state of disaster and about 50 million people face hunger in the eastern and southern parts of the continent, the United Nation’s humanitarian affairs agency said. Weak transport networks, access to energy, irrigation systems and stockholding facilities also inhibit farming, the organisations said.

“Investments able to reduce the cost of transportation would hold significant benefits to producers and consumers alike,” they said. “Not only would it reduce the cost of imported food products to bolster demand, but it would also provide a more lucrative export market for surplus producers.”

Bloomberg

SOURCE: Agriportal.co.za

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