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Friday, 20 September 2013

The Agriculture Challenge

The contribution of Zambia agricultural sector to GDP has been falling over the last decade. Agricultural growth has not kept pace with growth in other sectors of the economy. The falling share of fishing is particularly noticeable. A long neglected sector.

IThe general declining trend is worrying given the percent of Zambians who depend on agricultural for their livelihoods. Overall GDP growth combined with a declining contribution from agriculture in a primarily agrarian country like Zambia indicates a widening income gap between urban wage earners and the rural poor. It largely explains why inequality has been on the rise.

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