Africa Agriculture Status Report: Focus on Staple 2013 Crops was inspired by the
need to have an accessible and reliable resource publication depicting the
status and trends of African agriculture.
Given the role agriculture plays in the African economies, it is
critical to have such a resource to inform the designing of policies and
strategies based on current and accurate information on key indicators. The chapters in the report were guided by the
value chain concept. The concept runs from production, through post-harvest handling,
to processing and marketing of the commodities, to consumption. It takes into
consideration the input-output markets, be they domestic, regional or
global. Collective action as a tool in
agricultural transformation is also considered, since it plays a key role in
addressing the constraints faced by smallholder farmers. The aim of the status report is to have an
ongoing data collection effort on key agriculture indicators that are tracked
on a regular basis and reported in subsequent publications.
This report is divided in two sections: The first section focuses on agricultural growth, competitiveness, factors of production (land, soil fertility, seed production, agriculture financing), output markets, capacity building, agriculture policy, farmer organizations, women in agriculture and extension advisory services. The chapters outline the current status and the interventions offered by various players in the field of agriculture. The second section is a collation of both macro and micro data from the selected countries. The micro data was provided by the Ministries of Agriculture and Bureaus of Statistics in the respective countries. The macro data was from institutions that track key indicators on a regular basis such as the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organizations and The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The expectation, moving forward, is to track the micro data on a regular basis and avail these data to actual or potential consumers of the information.
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