Agriculture Sector Highlights
This Growth & Recovery video highlights important aspects of the recently launched Agriculture in Africa 2022 Focus Report, recently published in partnership with OCP Group. It explores the role of sub-Saharan Africa's agriculture sector in meeting the food security needs of growing populations and supporting efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Special Reports on the Agriculture Sector
While Africa has the potential to feed the world's population in the coming years, in order to accomplish this, land must be developed sustainably by addressing pressing issues such as deforestation and inefficient agriculture practices. This focus report explores avenues to boost productivity through circular and green economy practices, such as water reuse and converting organic waste into productive inputs, alongside climate-smart interventions.
Food production in the GCC has long faced obstacles ranging from water scarcity to a lack of arable soil – factors that are being exacerbated by climate change. Prior to Covid-19, imports accounted for 85% of the region’s collective food needs.
As one of the largest formal employers in Zimbabwe, the sugar industry's growth potential is significant. Although challenges remain – including a lack of financing and mechanisation – this Focus Report explores recent efforts to strengthen local production capacity, research new varieties and pest-control strategies, improve irrigation and water efficiency, and expand farm machinery uptake. It also analyses the expected economic impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area and its potential to facilitate the sugar industry’s expansion into untapped markets.
Recent years have seen renewed policy focus on agriculture as an important source of revenue for a diversified Nigerian economy, with plans to revitalise the sector centred on increasing local production and improving the value chain.
Focus Report: How can agriculture in Africa meet the challenges of the future?
Report: Can agri-tech offer sustainable solutions to GCC food security challenges?
Focus report: Opportunities and challenges in Zimbabwe’s sugar industry
Focus Report: Agriculture at the heart of Nigeria's economic development plans
Agriculture Sector AnalysesThe Report Overview
Côte d’Ivoire’s agriculture sector, responsible for approximately one-fifth of the country’s GDP and employing two-thirds of the population, is a key part of the economy, as well as the social, cultural and political fabric. The sector is also significant at the global level, exporting cocoa, cashew nuts, palm oil, bananas, coffee, rubber and cotton worldwide.
The Report Analysis
In the countryside some 50 km outside Abidjan, a coffee-roasting plant is using the latest digital technology to produce subtle variations on a new theme: Arabusta coffee beans from the Man region.
The Report Interview
On efforts to bolster local processing of cashew nuts
The Report Interview
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions and broader environmental concerns, many countries are looking to improve the efficiency of agriculture and reduce its carbon footprint.
Agriculture Sector Analysis
Côte d’Ivoire’s agriculture sector, responsible for approximately one-fifth of GDP and employing two-thirds of the population, is a key part of the economy, as well as the social, cultural and political fabric. As the country begins rolling out the National Development Plan 2021-25 and pursuing environmental and sustainability goals for 2030 and beyond, the agriculture sector will be key to meeting development targets.
Agriculture in Emerging MarketsOBG Talks
Bernardo Bruzzone, Regional Editor for Africa at Oxford Business Group, speaks with Professor Bruno Gérard, Head of the Agrobiosciences department at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), about the opportunities and challenges present nowadays in the African agriculture sector.
With per capita fish consumption having doubled in the past six decades, aquaculture is becoming more important in combatting food insecurity. Recent innovations seek to improve sustainability and productivity while assuaging quality concerns.
As Nigeria looks to restructure its economy to be more diversified and sustainable, agro-processing is emerging as a key tool to improve agricultural value added while also bolstering the sector’s status as a driver of economic growth.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions and broader environmental concerns, many countries are looking to improve the efficiency of agriculture while also reducing its carbon footprint.
Nations in the MENA region have been intensifying efforts to increase their food security, with Russia's invasion of Ukraine the most recent geopolitical event to underline the fragility of global supply chains, as well as the importance of agricultural self-sufficiency.