Friday, April 02, 2010

African Agriculture Thought to be Key to Poverty Alleviation

Tanzania's The Citizen critically analyzes the pros and cons of the country of Tanzania and other African countries signing an Economic Partnership trade Agreement (EPA) with the European Union.

It argues that economic partnership is the "wrong development model for Africa" and that research has shown that more economic and political emphasis should be placed upon the agricultural sector of Africa in order to lift millions out of poverty.

The following article asserts that poverty reduction in Africa via the agricultural sector is able to provide a significant amount of jobs - but it must be supported by both governments, through price supports and inputs, as well as through trade policies so that farmers can sell their produce on the domestic and regional markets and received decent prices.

This very interesting article by The Citizen gives its readers just a few of the highlights and lowlights of globalization and its effect on the lesser developed countries of the world.

- Tiffanie Depew

SOURCE: The Citizen