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Africa Economic Brief - Moving towards a green productive agriculture in Africa: The role of ICTs

20-oct-2016

Despite the importance of the agriculture sector in Africa, its productivity considerably lags other developing regions. Africa has the highest area of arable uncultivated land (202 million hectares) in the world but countries have not yet taken advantage of it. Food production, transformation, and consump - tion systems are not functioning optimally. In consequence, the continent has the highest incidence of undernourishment, estimated at almost one in four persons (World Food Programme, online), and African countries import increasingly more agricultural prod - ucts than they export, putting additional strain on scarce foreign exchange reserves. While Asia’s green revolution2 mainly focus - ed on irrigated wheat and rice together with improved crop varieties and expanded use

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