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Vol 1 (AAC) No 6

Published 1st April 2008

How Africa could feed itself... And Asia too

Asian money and know-how could help Africa become the breadbasket of half the world

The veteran environmentalist Lester Brown asked in the mid-1990s: 'Who will feed China?' The answer is that the Chinese hope to, thanks to more fertiliser, better seeds and genetic modification, but the country is quickly becoming an importer of goods that it recently exported as consumption outpaces advances in production. Prompted by rising world food prices, which make farming more profitable, there is a chance that Asian capital and expertise will help Africa to produce for its own consumption and eventual export.

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