Increasing Agricultural Productivity

  • Carlos Lopes


Evidence suggests that countries across the globe that have increased productivity have benefitted from economic growth that is sustained through agricultural transformation. Africans have an opportunity, now more than ever before, to change their lives through increased and enhanced agribusiness that connects smallholders to national, regional, and global value chains. In the past food security has been given rightful prominence in the aid and development programmes, given the poverty reduction focus. There is now realisation such laudable focus cannot be a replacement for real transformation. Treating the primary sector from a social protection angle has not contributed to uplift the majority of those dependent on these activities for their insertion in the economy. As a result, the percentage of the primary sector in general, and agriculture, for the gross domestic product (GDP) of almost all African countries has been diminishing considerably.


Agriculture Agribusiness Smallholders Farming Food security Poverty alleviation Irrigation Development Aid GDP Growth 


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  • Carlos Lopes
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  1. 1.Mandela School of Public GovernanceUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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