Will large scale farming by foreign corporations improve the capacity of African countries to feed themselves?
The agricultural sector in most Sub-Saharan countries is inefficient by international standards, dominated by small scale farmers that lack capital to invest in equipment, fertilizers, pest control and high quality seed. Foreign companies have purchased large tracts of land in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and other countries where they have invested in large scale production of sugar and other crops, much of that for export. Should Sub-Saharan governments welcome this kind of investment? If not, how can they improve the productivity of traditional farmers?