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August 31st, 2016 / New Times, Rwanda

Despite agriculture employing more than 80 per cent of the African population, the continent generates only 10 per cent of global agricultural output. Yet another shocking reality is that Africa still spends $35 billion a year on importing food, despite having a quarter of the world’s arable land, according to latest findings from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of IFAD, said the money Africa spends on food imports would have been used to create more and improved jobs in agriculture. See more