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Peasantry farming versus capitalist farming
My previous article that highlighted some complexities surrounding smallholder farming attracted a lot of reactions and feedback. While most people appreciate the important role of small farmers in feeding the nation, many were not convinced that smallholder farming can be the turning point for Africa’s economies. Actually, some well-known thought-leaders were categorical that smallholder farming is the cause of our poverty.
This feedback is enough evidence that the complexities caused by smallholdings are a hard puzzle that has put our agricultural growth at standstill.
As I had said earlier, if radical strategies are not put in place to revitalize agriculture, the status quo will prevail. We are at a point where we need to ask ourselves the HARDEST questions.