Facing famine, Africa decides between small and large farms


Governments and not-for-profit organisations in Africa are fighting to forestall a food crisis that already threatens 20 million people, Alan Bjerga and Samuel Gebre report for Bloomberg Businessweek. They have a strategic dilemma: Should they dedicate support to small farms, which are less efficient but remain a hugely important source of food and employment? Or should they encourage the growth of larger-scale commercial farms, improving yields while likely disrupting local economies? Finding the right balance could benefit a tremendous number of people, and it may offer some guidance to multinational corporations as they try to build sustainable supply chains in developing countries.

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