Jan 22 2010

In praise of African farmers

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Media in Africa are finally awakening to the importance of reporting on agricultural — and especially the many positive developments in rural Africa that co-exist (and co-evolve) with persistent predictions of doom for farming and farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. One new convert to the drama and pagentry of the rural Africa story isthe significant allafrica.com website, which is a clearing house for many newspaper articles published in papers around the continent. Worth reading closely is allafrica’s new special report on farming. Hats off to an interesting and important set of stories on the crucial subjects of farmer well-being, food security and the political economy of agriculture in Africa. In my view, media coverage of rural Africa — and farmers especially — cannot be increased too much, given the long history of neglect by journalists in Africa — and by elites and global policymakers too.

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