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Monday, 22 April 2013

Is the FRA damaging crop diversification?

Helpful graphic from Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka (IAPRI) presentation, "Persistence Rural Poverty Amidst Significant Agricultural growth. Where are we going wrong?" . The message here seems to be clear. maize subsidies have increased the area of maize cultivated but it has also led to relative move away from other crops. In short the large subsidies have distorted crop diversification. At the very least agriculture diversification is being hampered. I know there are some who think that the response to that problem is more subsidies to other crops, but surely we all see the obvious folly in that - no? 

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