The role of agriculture in economic development cannot be overstated. In fact, there seems to be, in the literature of development studies, an overwhelming consensus on the centrality of agriculture in achieving sustainable economic development.
In sub-Saharan Africa, however, policymakers and other stakeholders have, so far, been frustratingly failing to satisfy the requirements of a successful and productive agricultural sector, leading, as a result, to food insecurity, hunger, and extreme poverty. Sub-Saharan agriculture is lagging, sluggish, and fails to feed a booming and vibrant population. The region is in dire need of an agricultural revolution.
Today, these are questions any sub-Saharan government should be attending to: How do we attain food security and self-sufficiency in the next decade? How do we, as a nation, ensure that citizens’ nutritional needs are satisfactorily met, while lifting thousands out of poverty?
In February 2016, as if in direct response to such concerns, the Office Cherifien de Phosphates (OCP) announced its African venture plan: OCP Africa. Amongst the many goals that OCP Africa listed in its “African venture’s” roadmap, the group put a particular stress on helping the region rise up to the challenges of meeting food security and improved crops production. Read more