Whether for profit or social motives - and often both - an increasing number of investors are targeting opportunities in African agriculture. At the same time innovative approaches for deploying aid to support farming businesses linked to smallholders are emerging. This blog provides a snapshot of who is doing what, where and how.

13 October 2009

The Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Jacques Diouf, on Monday deplored the low use of irrigation for agricultural purposes in Africa, saying this had made agriculture vulnerable to the vagaries of the climate.

"Only seven per cent of arable lands throughout Africa and four per cent in sub-Saharan Africa benefit from irrigation, against 38 per cent in Asia despite the a bundance of natural water resources across the continent," the Director General of the UN agency told experts participating in a high-level forum in Rome, Italy, on the possibility of feeding the world in 2050.
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