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African Farming; European Farming

African Farming This is said to be the African Century. Over half the world’s population growth to 2050 will come from that region of the world. Yet its agriculture is woefully unable to feed the current population, let alone where it is headed. The average yield for maize this year in Africa is 36 percent less than the U.S. yield back in 1960. The African Union admits that many of its members have failed to meet the objectives of the Africa Agriculture Development Program due to lack of investment, Internal disputes and war.  China is offering to solve the problem by making African agriculture more like Chinese agriculture. It offers demonstration projects and loans for giant processing plants that operate well below capacity...

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