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Country Report Mali

  • Published: July 2014
  • Region: Mali
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Long a provider of jobs and subsistence incomes, agriculture has become more important as an economic growth-driver in several African economies in recent years. Much of this is down to the developing role of smallholder farmers, many of whom are successfully scaling up their agricultural output. Challenges still exist in the sector, however, as struggles over land ownership and restrictions on access to dependable infrastructure have stunted the capacity for even greater growth in many parts of the region.

Land ownership and poor infrastructure are key obstacles to smallholder farmers, who are otherwise performing well; the value of agricultural output is rising with the aid of public-private partnerships and effective national agricultural policies. Nevertheless, existing levels of agricultural productivity across Africa have varied substantially in recent years, from an increase of 325% in Nigeria to a decline of around 40% in Zimbabwe (although Zimbabwe has had its own specific challenges).

This has prompted the Economic Commission for Africa to ask member states to reflect on the adequacy of their current agricultural policies and to look ahead to valuable agribusiness opportunities that could facilitate a link between African farmers and regional economic value chains.

Country Report Mali

Enabling agriculture to reach its potential
Varying trends
Infrastructure upgrades
Land issues
No magic formula

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