Read at :
In Brief: Staples, not export crops, key to tackling Africa’s poverty – report
Africa could reduce its poverty levels faster by focusing more on the production of staples rather than export crops, according to a study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Authors of the study, conducted in 10 countries south of the Sahara, noted, “One important finding is that producing more staple crops, such as maize, pulses and roots, and more livestock products tends to reduce poverty further than producing more export crops such as coffee or cut flowers.”
According to the study, while more public resources would be required to generate more agricultural growth, “such public investment in staple sectors is probably cost effective”.
The authors argued that growth in the staple sector was more likely to benefit the poor than growth in the agricultural export sector.