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G. Pascal Zachary on Africa’s Farming Boom

A journalist’s photos document signs of change in the sub-Sahara

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G. Pascal Zachary on Africa’s Farming Boom
Photo: G. Pascal Zachary

Photo: G. Pascal Zachary
Shoppers at a market in Lira, Uganda, consider various offerings of rice, most of them imported. “Africa still imports a lot of food, and probably the single biggest food import is rice,” says Zachary. Imported rice tends to be cheap, because rice farmers in Southeast Asia and the United States who receive government subsidies can afford to sell below cost in Africa. To boost local production, Uganda has placed duties on imported rice and encouraged the cultivation of a “dry” variety of rice developed in Sierra Leone.

 

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