AgricultureOpinion and Analysis

African farmers still stuck in colonial agricultural system, food security remain a huge challenge

Continental food production systems, including infrastructure, market institutions, and food processing and storage By Henning Bjornlund, André F. van Rooyen, and Vibeke Bjornlund Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa is under-performing, leaving 30% of people in the region food insecure. Food insecurity means that not all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs. Many reasons have been put forward for this state of affairs. These have ranged from the continent’s biophysical environment to the ineptitude of its farmers. Several aspects of Africa’s environment present challenges for its farmers. Rainfall patterns are extremely varied and unpredictable.

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