Raising Agricultural Productivity in Africa
By Sylvain Roy, CEO and President of CNFA, featured on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Today millions of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa face a range of ongoing threats to their nutritional and economic security. West African farmers for instance—whose livelihood typically depends on staple crops such as maize, millet, or sorghum often produced on about five acres of marginal land—operate on a small scale and have limited access to markets.
With their socio-economic power already restricted by low literacy, lack of transportation options, and limited access to credit, these farmers also face low productivity because of soil degradation, difficulty in accessing high-quality inputs, and lack of mechanization. Read more