growth accounting

Improved performance of agriculture in Africa South of the Sahara

Alejandro Nin-Pratt, Michael Johnson, Bingxin Yu
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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The improved performance of the agricultural sector in Africa south of the Sahara during the most recent decade (2000–2010) has raised questions about the drivers behind the growth. Skeptics argue that rising commodity prices, as world markets experience a commodity boom, are the main cause of the agricultural growth. Others point to improvements in the policy environment and increased investments in agriculture at a time when African governments and donors have been rallying to increase their support to agriculture.