Agriculture is the largest contributor to Africa’s future economic growth


By Warren Nyamugasira

Recently, our leaders have been commemorating, on our behalf, 50 years since the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) now African Union (AU). Despite the twists and turns over the past five decades, African people have a lot to celebrate. A look at selected poverty indices quickly shows that Africa has made incredible progress in the fight against extreme poverty in the last decade alone.
According to credible statistics, between 1999 and 2008, the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day in Sub-Saharan Africa decreased from 56.5% to 47.5% (UNDP 2012). In Uganda, it has come down to below 30%.The number of people on Anti-Retroviral treatment in sub-Saharan Africa increased from 50,000 in 2002 to whooping 6.2 million in 2011 (UNAIDS 2012) and between 2000 and 2010, deaths attributed to malaria fell by 33% (WHO 2012).
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