Africa, Agriculture, Aid

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In a world that is developing fast, Africa¿s relative stagnation is a human tragedy that challenges the development profession. Although climate and geography, and their effect on local institutions, are not in Africa¿s favour, inappropriate policies (including neglect of agriculture) and weak institutions figure more prominently in the explanation of slow growth. Recent evidence, however, points to accelerated growth in many parts of Africa. Analysis of agriculture shows that adverse effects of nature can be handled effectively, that efforts to develop and apply technologies for intensification in a variety of farming systems are under way, but that sustained adoption by the mass of smallholders has not sufficiently taken place. For that to happen, a variety of time- and location-specific complementary actions - both public and private - are needed, based on a right mix of disciplinary knowledge. With positive changes in governance and a revival of agricultural priorities in Africa, favourable conditions are emerging for renewed and better targeted external aid to support agricultural development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-112
JournalNJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • development policy
  • development aid
  • africa
  • developing countries
  • rural development
  • agricultural economics
  • agricultural development
  • intensification
  • innovation adoption
  • development economics
  • sustainable land-use
  • poverty traps

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