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Billions of people across Africa depend on farming to survive, and income from agriculture is hugely important to national economies. A high percentage of the region’s population lives in rural areas and is employed in agriculture in some way.

Many African countries have fertile land with good potential for growing crops to feed its rapidly increasing population, and to support economic development. Political instability, floods and droughts and the prevalence of plant pests and diseases all threaten crop production, however, and poverty and malnutrition remain rife. Crop yields are often less than half what they could be.

Better, more sustainable farming is essential to reducing poverty and improving lives across Africa. Access to timely, relevant and practical information and advice on plant health is a vital part of that.

Knowledge Bank page for Africa

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