24/03/2017 | All countries

Africa holds 60% of the world's uncultivated land

 The agricultural potential of the African continent will be crucial for the future according to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) which estimated that 60% of the world's unexploited arable land is in Africa.

 
 
 
Demand for agricultural products is already growing in many emerging markets but is hampered by a decline in local resources. Thus, China is home to 20% of the world's population but holds less than 8% of the arable land and its arable land will total only 129 million hectares in 2020 (135 million hectares today). In other countries, water shortages also add a threat to agricultural production.
 
 
 
With the prospect of a total population of 9 billion by 2050, food production will necessarily have to increase. And Africa will have a key role to play.
 
 
 
FAO has estimated that more than 60% of the world's unexploited arable land is in Africa. Already between 50 million and 60 million hectares of land in sub-Saharan Africa have been bought or leased since 2001. Expansion of arable land, increased yields, better infrastructure for storage and transport will ensure a real boom in agricultural production. With annual returns to double by 2020, according to some analysts.

 

source : momagri org, refletafrique net

 

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