Africa is a place that is rich in culture and beauty and immense in geographical scope and diversity. It also represents some huge potential in terms of agricultural production. Africa has a very large and diverse land base. The challenges facing the development of that land base need to be addressed and overcome in order for it to reach its full potential.
Africa reaching its full potential may be a long time coming, but as the world population grows, the need for increased agricultural production in places like Africa is essential.
The challenges farmers in Africa face are as diverse as the continent itself. Politics, religion and cultural differences can have as much of an effect on efficient production as climate, equipment, inputs and practices. Africa needs help on the inside and from the outside in order to feed itself, and then the world. It is not an impossible task. The farmers there are ready and willing both to work and to learn.
Robynne Anderson is the founder of Emerging Ag Inc. a strategy solutions business. She has travelled to Malawi and Zambia recently. I talked to her about the current state of agriculture in Africa, and what is needed to move ahead to reach its full potential for agricultural production. As Robynne mentions the opportunities for the African people are very possible of reaching but some of the biggest challenges are lack of infrastructure and women’s rights.
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