Problems in African Agriculture not only Caused by Government
Belay Gezahegn, Director, Ethiopia, Member
Africa has been suffering from an unimaginable poverty because of a lack of efficient management
Increasing the productivity of agricultural sector with government help will help to ensure food security and export earnings.
But the recently developed attitude of citizens to seek easy money
, instead of focusing on activities important for growth must also be considered to improve the agricultural sector.
For instance, farmers tend to allocate their land to growing coffee, khat, and other 'cash crops', which bring them quick money. As a result cereal production has been reduced alarmingly.
The amazing thing is that cash crop producing farmers buy cereals from the market for consumption escalating the demand for cereal products which further pushes the price of cereals upwards.
Since the cash crop producing farmers are financially better off, other farmers will be tempted to join them and allocate their land to cash crop production too.
This situation worsenes and creates food shortage. It is thus commendable that government should also intervene in this attitude to choose for cash crops