ModernGhana.com: How Agriculture Impacts African Economies

Irrigation is underused in Sub-Saharan Africa as only 7% of farmlands are irrigated – this is the lowest proportion for a region in the world according to the International Water Management Institute.

Irrigation is underused in Sub-Saharan Africa as only 7% of farmlands are irrigated – this is the lowest proportion for a region in the world according to the International Water Management Institute. In light of this acute condition, the World Bank pledged to collaborate with the African Development Bank and other relevant organizations in this area to provide up to $9 billion to support the efforts of Governments in Africa in improving irrigation. Additional investment will also be needed to improve infrastructure such as electricity, ports, and motorable roads in the hinterlands. Even though the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) will allow to a large extent the free flow of agricultural products among member African countries, this may not be enough as policymakers should also implement policies that will support agribusiness, technology incubators and the processing industry in the agriculture sector.

 

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