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Africa can unlock 400 million ha for agriculture

The African savannah is a sleeping giant of farming, a UN FAO report concludes. Some 400 million ha of savannah land stretching across 25 countries from Senegal to South Africa is suitable for farming, it says. That could turn Africa into a major agricultural commodity producer, the study says. Africa is better placed to achieve rapid development in agriculture than either northeast Thailand or Brazil’s Cerrado when their agricultural transformation took off in 1980, it argues. Favourable domestic policy environments, increased foreign and domestic investment in agriculture, and the use of new technologies are among the conditions that would allow the region’s transformation, according to the study. A shortened version of the report is available in a book called: Awakening Africa’s Sleeping Giant.

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