Unscrambling Africa: Regional Requirements for Achieving Food Security

October 1, 2010 - Author:

IDWP 107. Steven Haggblade. 2010. Unscrambling Africa: Regional Requirements for Achieving Food Security

Africa has inherited highly arbitrary political borders that vastly complicate current efforts to
accelerate agricultural growth and reduce hunger. Because Africa’s inherited political borders
arbitrarily partition agro-ecological zones and natural market sheds, current country borders
serve as barriers, hampering agricultural technology transfer, hindering agricultural trade and
dampening incentives for farmers and agribusinesses to invest in Africa’s many regional
breadbasket zones. Feasible solutions revolve around neutralizing these deleterious effects
through regional scientific networks and regional corridor development programs.

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Steven Haggblade

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