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The Fertile Continent

Africa, Agriculture's Final Frontier

Author: Roger Thurow
November/December 2010
Foreign Affairs


With one billion people already going hungry and the world's population rising, global food production must urgently be increased. The countries that managed such surges in the past -- Brazil, China, India, the United States -- cannot do so again. But Africa can -- if it finally uses the seeds, fertilizers, and irrigation methods common everywhere else.

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