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A Breadbasket for Africa: Farming in the Guinea Savannah Zone

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dc.contributor.author Morris, Michael
dc.contributor.author Binswanger, Hans
dc.contributor.author Byerlee, Derek
dc.contributor.author Staatz, John
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-23T17:35:10Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-23T17:35:10Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7948
dc.description.abstract "Over the past five decades, African agriculture has failed to meet the demands of a continent set to become the most populous region on earth by 2025. During that half century, two relatively backward and landlocked agricultural regions--the Cerrado region of Brazil and the northeast region of Thailand--have developed at a rapid pace and have become leading agricultural exporters. The success of these regions defied the many skeptics who had asserted that their challenging agroecological characteristics, remote locations, and high levels of poverty would prove impossible to overcome. Similar perceptions for many years also fueled pessimism about the prospects for African agriculture, although this may now be changing. During the past decade, strong agricultural growth has been recorded in several African countries, and recent increases in international prices of agricultural commodities have opened up new opportunities. Africa’s Guinea Savannah zone covers about 600 million hectares, of which about 400 million hectares could be used for crop agriculture. With sustainable and inclusive growth of commercial agriculture, this region has the potential to feed Africa and create a booming export business." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject agricultural development en_US
dc.subject savannas en_US
dc.title A Breadbasket for Africa: Farming in the Guinea Savannah Zone en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Solutions en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 3 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 44-49 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth April en_US

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