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  • on 12.09.2014
  • at 11:00 AM
  • by Kevin Hind

African agriculture needs to create wealth not just food 0

Research and funding is needed to help African farmers move away from the production of food staples and raw commodities, helping them export and market high-quality crops on the global market. 

Let me take you on a visit to the central highlands of Kirinyanga county, where Nancy Njeri Mwangi has a farm that produces one of Kenya’s main cash crops yet earns barely enough for her family of seven children. It is a story repeated across Africa, where export crops like coffee, tea, cotton and cocoa are often produced by smallholders whose incomes cannot both support families and pay for products to improve harvests. Many smallholders are reduced to growing food staples, adding to Africa’s farming inefficiency. Experts say governments and others need to invest in research to produce higher-yielding crop varieties, improve marketing and add more value to produce instead of exporting raw commodities from which others profit.

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