The world’s burgeoning food demand offers Africa excellent opportunity. But the 54 countries of Africa combined currently export less food than Thailand alone.
By boosting its agricultural sectors, the continent can create jobs, increase food and nutrition security, and generate fair growth. Africa’s farmers need access to finance, quality inputs, and markets.
For those countries which are just beginning to ramp up their investment in agriculture, the results have been impressive. Agriculture has driven broad and inclusive growth in both Ethiopia and Rwanda, for example, two countries without large amounts of oil, gas, or minerals. In Ethiopia, this agricultural growth has driven significant poverty reduction.
If we want to extend the recent economic successes of the continent to the vast majority of its inhabitants, then we must end the neglect of our farming and fishing communities. The time has come to unleash Africa’s entrepreneurial creativity, to unleash Africa’s green and blue revolutions.