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Tracing the history of farming across Africa gives clues to low production outputs

By Henning Bjornlund, Professor, Business School, University of South Australia
André F. van Rooyen, Principal Scientist, Innovation Systems for the Drylands., CGIAR System Organization
Vibeke Bjornlund, Researcher,School of Commerce, University of South Australia
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Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa is under-performing, leaving 30% of people in the region food insecure. Food insecurity means that not all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs.

Many reasons have been put forward for this state of affairs. These have ranged from the continent’s biophysical environment to the ineptitude of its farmers.

Several aspects of Africa’s


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