Agriculture, poverty, and policy reform in Sub-Saharan by Kevin M. Cleaver

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Projections of food requirements and likely food availability (Table A3) show a growing gap at historical growth rates of production and consumption. 5 percent per annum range in recent years (Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Benin see Table A1). The policies of these countries help show the way forward, and are returned to below. Table A3 shows that similar performances throughout Africa would close this food gap. Analysis of the causes of this slow average growth was undertaken in 1989 as the basis for World Bank agricultural assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Projections of food requirements and likely food availability (Table A3) show a growing gap at historical growth rates of production and consumption. 5 percent per annum range in recent years (Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Benin see Table A1). The policies of these countries help show the way forward, and are returned to below. Table A3 shows that similar performances throughout Africa would close this food gap. Analysis of the causes of this slow average growth was undertaken in 1989 as the basis for World Bank agricultural assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Evaluation of African Agricultural Research Institutions [(Financing average per year (1990)] 37 A7. Fertilizer Use 39 A8. Sub-Saharan Africa Irrigated Areas (thousand hectares) 40 A9. Elasticities of Agricultural Output with Respect to Factors of Production 41 A10. Rating Countries by Performance 42 A11. Sub-Saharan Africa: Agricultural Value-Added and Agricultural Land 43 Annex: World Bank and African Government Poverty Assessments 44 Notes 46 Page vii Foreword This study examines the agricultural scenario in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past five years.

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