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Restructuring Marketing Systems for Small holders: Cases in Zimbabwe

The failure of Zimbabwe and other African countries to develop agricultural delivery systems that serve the specific needs of the numerically dominant smallholder producers underlies the decline in agriculture in the region. A major cause of this…

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Commentaries on Foreign Assistance

Ideally, an assessment of donor's impact on food strategies would require knowledge of "with aid" and "without aid" situations. This is not possible, as foreign aid has been and will remain for a long time a permanent feature of the development…

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Nutrition Situation and its Food Policy Links

Malnutrition is generally not perceived to be a pervasive problem in much of Africa, except during famines. There is little doubt that in "average" years, malnutrition in Africa is a smaller problem than it is in Asian countries such as Bangladesh,…

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Eastern and Southern Africa

The drier monsoon tropical climate of most of eastern and southern Africa has the world's highest solar energy intake (150 to 180 Kcal per square centimeter per year). However, its potential for crop growth (48 to 57 tons per hectare dry matter per…

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Identifying Technological Potentials

The potential for food production in sub-Saharan Africa far exceeds current production. Low soil fertility is among the principal causes of low yields. Intensification of agriculture and further expansion of the cropped area requires more external…

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Growth Strategy and the Agricultural Sector

An important lesson that experience teaches is that food and agricultural policy cannot be addressed effectively apart from the linkages with the domestic economy and the rest of the world. At lower levels of development, food production and…

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Commentary on Growth Strategy

Aboyade's chapter is a gold mine of hypotheses and lays the groundwork for considering interactions between economic policy and agricultural and nonagricultural growth extremely well. I find myself in agreement with most of his thrusts and hope to see…

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Input and Output marketing Systens: A Nigerian Case

Nigeria and many other sub-Saharan countries are rinding that adoption of new high-yielding varieties is severely constrained by existing farm input supply and food-marketing systems. Like other sub-Saharan countries, Nigeria imports most of her…

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Growth of Foreign Assistance and its Impact on Agriculture

Justifications of foreign aid may be classified into two basic categories. The first claims that aid is a form of progressive international taxation in which income is redistributed from rich to poor countries in much the same way as among income…

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