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Africa's agricultural future - large-scale or small?

The Guinea Savannah zone of west and southern Africa has enormous potential for commercial agriculture, according to a World Bank Report - Awakening Africa's Sleeping Giant. But is large-scale or smallholder farming the best option for the region, or for the continent more widely? Participants at a recent workshop in London offer their views.
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The points raised by the participants are very much valid, it is difficult to rule out one form over the other as each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The one thing though that i found dissapointing about the article is it appears not many African participants took part in the workshop
posted by: Wilhelm (11:07:05 Sun 1st August 2010)

Organic, no-till in permanent beds doubles or triples yields, reduces labor by 50% or more, reduces inputs to nearly 0, increases fertility, stops soil erosion, eliminates most disease and insect problems.
posted by: Ken Hargesheimer (12:28:56 Fri 9th July 2010)

 

 

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