A new article from a researcher in Kenya provides more evidence that “brute force” is the mechanism for satisfying rising demand for food in sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, according to an article in the new issue of PERC reports, gains in farm output closely track expansion of land in cultivation. The experience in Kenya tracks what I have found in both Uganda and Ghana. The lesson is clear: while a few African countries, such as Malawi, face a Malthusian syndrome of too little land for too many people, in much of Africa the exodus of rural people from the bush to the big city is opening up vast amounts of farmland. The new land, even at traditional low yields, will help satisfy insistent appetites, at least in the short run.
Life is as much about the consistent application of effort as about ingenuity.