Africans’ land rights at risk as new agricultural trend sweeps continent

IPS | 1 September 2014
By Janah Ncube
NAIROBI, Sep 1 2014 (IPS) – Agriculture in Africa is in urgent need of investment. Nearly 550 million people there are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, while half of the total population on the continent live in rural areas.   The adoption of a framework called the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) by Africa’s leaders in 2003 confirmed that agriculture is crucial to the continent’s development prospects. African governments recently reiterated this commitment at the Malabo Summit in Guinea during June of this year.

An irrigated field in Kakamas, South Africa. (Photo: Patrick Burnett/IPS) sweepscontinent#sthash.7t7aGeSy.dpuf

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