Poor Nations Have Hardest Time Ramping Up Food Production

Self-sufficiency shortfalls are worst in Sub-Saharan Africa, study finds

Countries that are most in need of more food to feed their populations tend to be the ones where farmers have the hardest time expanding production. In low-income nations, agricultural productivity rose at a rate of 1.24 percent annually as of 2017, according to a study from the Global Harvest Initiative, a figure that’s down from last year. The worst shortfalls in food self-sufficiency are found in Sub-Saharan Africa, where productivity gains may meet only 8 percent of demand, the report said.

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