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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Flagging Green Revolution in Africa

In Africa, where rural development is largely ignored, many believed that farmers were primed for a green revolution. New seed technologies have shown great promise in the past by spurring the development of East Asia. In Africa, daunting obstacles to development have stymied any attempt to fuel an agrarian boom.

Chronic corruption and local attitudes and poverty have made it difficult for these seeds to catch on. In a place of the world where famine is a realistic possibility, an African green revolution remains a tantalizing scenario, but according to The New York Times complications always arise.

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