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Can Africa one day help feed the world’s growing population?

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: OCP, a Moroccan state-owned company, is significantly investing in Africa’s agrifood sector, aiming to boost the continent's agricultural efficiency through better seed varieties and increased fertilizer use
• With Africa currently a net importer of food, these efforts are part of a broader vision to transform the continent into a major food exporter

🔭 The context: Africa holds 60% of the world’s arable land and has a rapidly growing population, yet its agricultural yields are significantly lower than global averages due to factors like political instability, inefficient farming practices, and climate change
• Despite these challenges, investments in agricultural technologies and infrastructure aim to unlock Africa's potential as a breadbasket for the world

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Enhancing Africa's agricultural productivity is crucial for global food security, especially as the UN forecasts a 60% increase in global calorie demand by 2050
• Success in this area could also mitigate climate impacts by promoting sustainable farming practices and reducing the need for food imports

⏭️ What's next: The ambitious project to improve Africa's agricultural productivity involves overcoming substantial hurdles, including political risk, climate volatility, and infrastructural deficiencies
• However, targeted investments in seed technology, fertilizer optimization, and the development of agricultural value chains could lead to a transformation akin to the green revolutions seen in other parts of the world

💬 One quote: "Africa can be a net food exporter," (Bill Gates)

📈 One stat: Africa will need to consume 10 times as much fertilizer to significantly raise yields and meet its agricultural potential, according to OCP’s estimates

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