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Special Session on Africa. Changing context: renewed optimism. Growth accelerates from early 80s North & West Africa do well Less net taxation the cause?. Changing context …. Conflict reduced Regional institutions ever stronger Renewed commitment to agriculture CAADP, AGRA Donor promises

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Special SessiononAfrica


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Changing context: renewed optimism

Growth accelerates from early 80s

North & West Africa do well

Less net taxation the cause?


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Changing context …

  • Conflict reduced

  • Regional institutions ever stronger

    • Renewed commitment to agriculture

      • CAADP, AGRA

      • Donor promises

  • Better business environment

  • Potential of land

  • Market opportunities:

    • Large domestic & regional

    • Exports, including biofuel


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Facing challenges …

  • Challenges:

    • Widening technology gap

    • Slow development of markets for inputs, outputs

    • Slow regional integration

    • Shortcomings in governance & institutions,

    • Conflicts

    • HIV/AIDS and other diseases

    • Climate change


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… & Realising OpportunitiesPolicy Pointers

  • Macro Policy & Investment climate

    • ↓Remaining net taxation in Africa

    • Level international playing field

    • ↑Regional integration

  • Rural Public Goods: roads to market; ag research & extension; rural schools & health

  • Remedy market failures

    • … including rural financial systems & reduced risks

  • Futures for small farmers

    • Not all will farm in 20/50 years time

    • Provide options & livelihoods in rural & urban economy

  • Rebuild public capacity

    • Effective decentralisation


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Discussion points

  • Why has agricultural performance in much of Africa been disappointing?

    • What went wrong?

    • Correcting past mistakes?

  • What is potential for Africa to ensure food security?

  • Potential of smallholder agriculture for agricultural growth & poverty reduction.

    • How will transitions in farming affect smallholders?

    • How should they be assisted?

  • Priorities for technological change.

    • Does Africa need a Green Revolution?

    • What would be the elements?

  • Institutional & policy changes to support farmers & others in agri-food value chain. Creating a +ve environment for investment.


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