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Regional Analysis Of Agricultural Production In Africa

August 12, 2015

By Paul Homewood 


I looked at agricultural output statistics for Africa yesterday. Today I am going to look if there are any regional variations.



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We find that agricultural output has been booming across the continent, particularly in East Africa, which is supposedly drought stricken.

Interestingly, one of the few countries which has not seen the benefit is Zimbabwe. I wonder why?



  1. Tony Hendry permalink
    August 12, 2015 10:53 am

    Was the above data adjusted for inflation? If not the Southern African countries went backwards.

  2. August 12, 2015 11:03 am

    Most of Zimbabwe’s productive farms were taken over by militants and the farmers were evicted forcefully.Zimbabwe used to be known as the food basket of Africa,but everything went to rack and ruin.

  3. John Moore permalink
    August 12, 2015 11:33 am

    By chance, I heard a BBC World Service programme a year or three ago which explained that Northern Nigeria had given land (of some 20,000 acres) to white farmers expelled from Zimbabwe. One of them explained that the soil was of such good quality, but never before developed, that the “whole of Africa could be fed from this part of the continent with modern farming methods”. I have never seen reported any more about this.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      August 12, 2015 4:05 pm

      Quite true. Nigeria, Zambia, and a few other African countries have been (very) quietly recruiting white farmers to develop agriculture in their countries. Wooing the productive types from countries where they are unwanted! (At least by the Governments of said countries).

  4. Ben Vorlich permalink
    August 12, 2015 11:35 am

    Your recent posts on Electricity and Agricultural output fit nicely. increased out creates more wealth which improves standards of living which increases demand (including demand for energy) which increases wealth with all the benefits that entails. Whilst environmentalists in the West want to prevent this.

    There’s no doubt these nations will not forget who helped their development and who tried to stop it.

  5. Jeffery permalink
    August 12, 2015 4:16 pm

    Thanks so much for the more detailed analysis. I knew of the racist takeover of Zimbabwe and the destruction of their farming economy by the Mugabe regime, and was wondering if Zimbabwe was part of the agricultural revolution you’d mentioned. Until the race-tyrants leave Zimbabwe, things won’t change there. I’m concerned, however, that neighbors who are “inviting” white farmers in aren’t just waiting for the land to be cleared and farms to be developed so they can confiscate and redistribute to political friends once the farms become profitable. I hope not.

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