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Gabon aims for self-sufficiency through ambitious agri programAfter been embroiled in a heavy economic crisis, Gabon is now trying to revive its agricultural sector. Currently, Gabon spends about 400 billion CFA francs (608 mln euros) a year on food imports, which is a shortfall for the economy.
Therefore the government has decided to start an ambitious agricultural program, based on four food crops -banana/plantain, cassava, chilli and tomato- which will have to be produced in industrial quantities. According to africanews.com, the Gabon government hopes to be able to reduce the imports of miscellaneous products and foodstuffs by 75% by the year 2023.
Gabon is a country where the production of staple crops is generally limited to smallholders. To achieve self-sufficiency in food stuffs or to reduce imports, a more inclusive government policy is necessary.
Publication date: 12/21/2017
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