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.

22 May 2010

With minimal spending on agriculture, East Africa countries getting poorer

East African countries are giving less than the recommended budgetary provisions for agriculture, pushing the region deeper into poverty, despite its dependence on the industry. Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are spending less than five per cent of their budgets on agriculture.

According to the 2009 report by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), that evaluates trends in agricultural development, performance and spending in Africa, agricultural production is on the decline and so is donor support, while aid for food emergencies is on the rise. East African