Africa's changing agricultural development strategies: Past and present paradigms as a guide to the future

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Washington D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


This paper looks at the often conflicting changes, frequently shaped by foreign institutions that have affected policies for agricultural development in most Sub-Saharan African countries since the 1960s. Reviewing past and present paradigms, Delgado contends that none of the strategies, including today's, has provided a "magic bullet" for solving Africa's development problems. He argues that a new resolve by Africans to solve their own problems and a new willingness of international entities to invest heavily in African institutions hold the greatest hope for future development planning. - IFPRI


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Food security, Community development, Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Agriculture, Government policy, Human capital, Sub-Saharan Africa, Ecosystem Farm/Enterprise Scale Governance


Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Discussion Paper 3