This week I reached the half way mark of the Book Reading Goal. Perhaps no better book to mark that milestone than than the Awakening Africa's Sleeping Giant : Prospects for Commercial Agriculture in the Guinea Savannah Zone and Beyond, by Michael Morris, et al. The book summarise the findings of the study on Competitive Commercial Agriculture for Africa (CCAA), a collaborative effort led by the World Bank and FAO. It looks at the experience two regions with similar geographical challenges / conditions as Zambia, Mozambique and Nigeria - the Cerrado region of Brazil and the Northeast Region of Thailand - and asks that we can learn from them in the effort to conquer world agricultural markets.
There are many wonderful insights contained therein and it certainly enhanced my knowledge and understanding of this important sector. As an avid reader of the latest research on agriculture in Zambia and the surrounding region, principally through the Zambia Food Security Research Project, I was certainly well prepared but it was good to see the evidence benchmarked against "success stories". Chapter 4 on the "Commodity-Specific Competitiveness Analysis" and Chapter 5 "Factors Affecting the Competitiveness of African Agriculture" particularly stood out.
- Author: Michael Morris, Hans P. Binswanger-Mkhize
- Category: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: World Bank Publications
- Binding: Paperback
- Page Count: 218
- ISBN: 978-0821379417
- Rating : Recommended
In terms of progress, I am slightly behind the curve with 21 weeks remaining to read 25 books, that slightly above 1 book a week. Part of the problem has been the large volumes (currently reading three books in parallel with combined pages of 2500)! This has slightly reduced the scope for Book Reviews. But I am confident that we shall have a couple of proper reviews in September. Suggested books are welcome.
Book Reading Goal Review
Books Read So Far : 25 books
Remaining Books to Achieve Target : 25 books
Weeks Remaining to Achieve Annual Target : 21 weeks