Will forthcoming economic boom change Africa’s rural backyard? (Full panel)
According to the latest estimates from World Bank and IMF, economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa should significantly outpace the global average over the next three years. WB reports that strong economic growth in Africa in the past decade has already reduced the extent of poverty. The proportion of Africans living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 58% to 48.5% between 1996 and 2010. But a widespread and lingering economic crisis has reversed this trend, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, according to FAO’s own assessments.
Overall growth – moreover – did not translate into reducing poverty for all. Standards of living in rural areas – in terms of health care, food security, education – almost universally lag behind urban areas. What kind of “boom” is Africa experiencing? What is/will be its impact in the rural areas? What traps should be avoided in the path towards shared prosperity? Which success stories could act as workable models to reach that goal?
Moderator: Davide Demichelis, Rai
Eva Verona Ortet, Minister of Rural Development, Cape Verde Ould Hammouda, Ministry of Agriculture, Mauritania
David Phiri, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa
John A. Dziwornu, Ghana National Association of Farmers & Fishermen
Busani Bafana, IPS News from Zimbabwe External contributions:
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