Africa could someday feed the world

08/25/2009 | Atlantic Monthly, The

Improving agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa may provide the world's best shot at making sure the food supply keeps pace with population growth over the next 40 years, writes Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne. Crop yields in most of the world are already approaching their limit, but the lack of modern farming techniques in Africa means significant improvements are still possible there. "We could increase yields in sub-Saharan Africa threefold tomorrow with off-the-shelf technology," says agronomist Kenneth Cassman.

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