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Africa's evolving food systems - drivers of change and the scope for influencing them

This paper investigates the ‘megatrends’ shaping African economic, political and social landscapes and asks which ones depend endogenously on processes that are within the realm of policy influence and which ones are indeed exogenous. Based on this analysis, it sketches four plausible scenarios for African food systems and discusses how policy choices will influence which of these scenarios is manifested in the next decades. The authors hope to raise society’s awareness of the potential to shape future outcomes and argue that the state can play a major role to engage the public in determining what a ‘good society’ looks like.

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  • IIED code: 14637IIED
  • Published: Oct 2014 - IIED
  • Theme: Food and agriculture
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-088-2
  • Language: English

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Most rural Africans now live and farm in liberalised markets, which most African and international policy forums assume to be the best basis for economic activities. But there is considerable debate about these developments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

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