Sub-Saharan African countries are net importer of raw foods and net exporters of agricultural products

January 14, 2015

"Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa are net importers of “raw foods,” a category that consists mainly of cereals, meat and dairy products. But under a broader definition of agricultural products that includes coffee, tea and cotton, the picture changes entirely: a majority of countries are net exporters of agricultural products. The implication: in most sub-Saharan African countries agricultural productivity growth could not only boost food availability and replace imports, but could also provide nonfood exports to earn foreign exchange." 


UNDP, “Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future.” (New York: UNDP) 2012 p.33

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