Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Africa

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tion of the population across the region ( Floyd 1965; Udo 1971). This option is beset with numerous institutional barriers such as land ownership and may only be a stopgap measure, given population growth rates.These options do not appear to provide a lasting solution to food and hunger problems in the region. Perhaps a better approach would be to emphasize the improvement of the intensive compound gardening that is already underway, focusing on manuring, composting, and fertilizing and building on the skills of smallholder cultivators. This would be complemented, if not superseded, by nonfarm activities, such as those that are underway. The coexistence of the two sectors of activities holds the key. Furthermore, the riverine zone can be fully developed to rice cultivation; the potential here may be great enough to offset the deficit productions throughout the remainder of the region.However, no lasting solution seems probable without a decreased population growth rate and, perhaps, an enforced policy to achieve it. The government has recently voted a policy of only four children per female, but the details of enforcement have not been determined.
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