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Harnessing agricultural innovation to boost Africa's prosperity

Harnessing agricultural innovation to boost Africa's prosperity


Dr Thulasizwe Mkhabela, an agricultural economist and the Group Executive: Impact & Partnerships at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) writes on the importance of agriculture for Africa’s economic development.  Agriculture plays a central role in reducing poverty since the majority of the world's poor are still rural people who depend upon agriculture for their livelihoods. Its importance is supported by a positive correlation between investment in agricultural research and development and increased food and agricultural productivity.

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