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African Development – From Oil To Soil

With over 60% of Africans directly dependent upon agriculture for survival, African development must take into account the need for sustainable growth in this sector. Planning is all too often focused on oil revenues, but as Africa begins to reconcile itself with climate change, it is turning back to the earth.

In this article from The Guardian, Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi make a compelling argument for sustainable agribusiness as a more equitable replacement for oil revenues in Africa. As the authors note, “Going forward, it’s imperative to look at whether relying on oil or soil could provide the most feasible pathway to enhance food security and job creation for the youth, currently at 200 million and rising to 400 million by 2040.” Read the article here.

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