Agriculture In Africa Essay

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Agriculture in Africa In the 1970’s, Africa was responsible for 8% of the world's total agricultural exports. Today, that number has dropped to 2% resulting in Africa being strictly dependent on food imports. Agriculture in this region should not be a problem due to the tropical climate, booming younger generation, and the huge area. However, agriculture in Africa is suffering due to the lack of fertilizer, technology, funds, and experience. Without a well producing crop, the people of Africa lack certain nutrients needed to live. Africa consists of 11.73 million square miles of “Savanna Woodlands also known as Miombo Forest in the North, a series of Dry Woodlands to the in the South, arid and Semiarid Grassland, Scrubland, and Bushland in the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, and Mediterranean Vegetation along the Southern Coast” (Britannica). African climates are seasonal, ranging from temperate to tropical and arid to semiarid. These zones range from the heavy rain-forest vegetation to relatively sparse, dry and arid vegetation with low rainfall. Africa also consists of a series of plateaus that cover most of the country. The region is generally drained Eastward toward the Indian Ocean, a pattern made by the largest…show more content…
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