Joint ECA/FAO/German foundation seminar on agricultural input factors: final report part II (Appendix)
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African countries have just started to experiment with modern planning. Some of the plans apparently assume future production targets without any increment in input but the possibilities of increasing agricultural production without an increase-in modern technical inputs are no longer great in Africa, and for the future one cannot expect much success in agriculture without increasing the use of these inputs. That it is absolutely necessary to increase agricultural production, can be seen when one takes into consideration that the population of Africa appears to be increasing by at least 2.5 percent a year and that there is a natural desire to increase per capita food consumption especially in urban regions where there is a growing number of inhabitants with higher incomes. It is virtually certain that the additional population will not have enough food if the present methods of land cultivation are continued. At present there is, in a sense, a rough kind of balance in Africa between the population and the food supply. But many people suffer from undernourishment and malnutrition, especially as far as animal proteins are concerned. The present balance between population and food supply will be upset if food production lags and improved practices are not introduced.
Citation“United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa. (1965-09). Joint ECA/FAO/German foundation seminar on agricultural input factors: final report part II (Appendix). Addis Ababa:. © UN. ECA,. https://repository.uneca.org/handle/10855/33672”
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