Agriculture contributes about 15 percent to the African continent’s GDP and employs a significant proportion of the labour force (FAO). One of the unique features of Africa’s agriculture is that smallholder farmers/farms constitute approximately 80 percent of all farms, while employing about 175 million people directly with significant positive impact on the environment. The importance of agriculture to the peoples of Africa justifies that agriculture must get special attention especially in the context of the thread posed by climate change.

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