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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Africa seeks to grow more, buy less

Africa can ensure food security by producing wheat. New research presented in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the Wheat for Food Security Conference, held in Addis Abeba from 8 -12 October 2012, organised by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and partners, shows that the continent has the potential to be self-sufficient. The demand for wheat is growing faster than for any other crop, according to statistics of the CIMMYT.
As a result, researchers are looking into the possibility of making Africa a major wheat producer, as the continent is the biggest wheat importer worldwide. It is expected that this year alone, Africa will spend 12 billion dollars on importing 40 million tonnes of wheat.
A report released at the conference focused on 12 countries on the African continent where wheat is traditionally produced. The study was conducted in Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Source: IPS News