Inside Story

How can food security in Africa be achieved?

A new major report on agricultural productivity has documented success stories in a number of African countries.

The Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) says that agricultural productivity over the past 10 years has improved lives in Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. 

AGRA says agriculture is more effective at cutting poverty than other sectors.

The alliance of agriculture experts says countries which acted early to invest in farming are seeing significant growth.

Malnutrition and poverty levels are falling in some of the highest risk countries where people do not have enough to eat.

Farming is a main source of income for more than 60 percent of the work force in Africa.

The gross domestic product has grown in countries that have been investing.

But is the success sustainable?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


David Ameyaw – Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa report author.

Kees Blokland – Managing director of Agriterra, advice provider to farmer organisations and cooperatives in developing economies.

Lorenzo Bello – Senior economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.