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POSTED | 10:04 AM | 07-11-2014

Africa urged to scale up farm investments

African governments must scale up investments in the agriculture sector to enhance productivity and sustain food security on the continent.

Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the Africa Union commissioner for rural economy and agriculture, said the initiative must be done in a more inclusive and sustainable manner.

Tumusiime was addressing the second African Union Private Sector and Agribusiness Forum in Kigali, yesterday (6 Nov 2014). The two-day annual conference drew more than 100 agronomists, policy makers, business leaders, farmers and development partners from across Africa and is expected to lay a concrete foundation for the transformation of agriculture across the content, according to The New Times of Rwanda.

The paper quoted Tumusiime as saying that doubling agro productivity will transform and fast track the continent’s economic growth.

She explained that African governments are spending more than $40 billion annually on food imports. Agro-business will grow faster only if the private sector takes a leading role, she added.

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