Eastern African agriculture is in trouble and, as a result, national economies are unnecessarily
undermined by this poorly-performing sector. I a subregion that is endowed with abundant land and
water resources and which has a currently under-employed youthful population, Eastern Africa has
no right to be hungry, poor or externally dependent to the degree it now is.
Yet the subregion is food insecure and faces distressing levels of rural and national poverty. Indeed,
in a world where media profiling sears indelible images into the international psyche, Eastern Africa
has become an icon of starvation, desperation and dependence on humanitarian assistance,
especially on food donations. Statistics reveal that although Eastern Africa1 has only about 3.5
percent of the world’s population, in a normal year the subregion consumes some 20 percent of
international food aid, around the receipt and distribution of which a whole industry has now grown
in some countries.
18.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news