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Agriculture for development in Sub-Saharan Africa

  title={Agriculture for development in Sub-Saharan Africa},
  author={John M. Staatz and Niama Nango Demb{\'e}l{\'e}},
This paper argues that an agriculture-led strategy of economic growth offers most countries of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) their best chance at rapid economic growth and poverty alleviation. Given the huge heterogeneity of SSA, no single Asian-style green revolution is likely to drive that growth. Rather, SSA will need to develop a series of differentiated agricultural revolutions suited to its varied ecological niches and market opportunities. SSA faces unique organizational challenges in… 

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