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.

11 June 2010

Agriculture ignored: the failure of aid to reduce rural poverty

A recent article by Cunguara and Hanlon (2010) shows that rural poverty in Mozambique has been increasing in recent years, depsite record levels of donor assistance. Education outcomes are improving (slowly) but "people are in the process of losing faith in education as a vehicle for upward social mobility" because there are no jobs. There needs to be much increased support to productive agriculture, the authors argue. Donors and governments have neglected the agriculture sector for decades. If they are serious about tackling rural poverty, that must change.
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