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In January 1993, the Environmentally Sustainable Development Division of the Technical Department, Africa Region (AFTES) and the Economic Development Institute (EDI) of the World Bank, together organized two workshops, in Accra and Abidjan, on the status of agricultural extension systems in these thirty countries. It was a significant event in that it detailed the current situation as far as this sub-sector is concerned: its strengths, potential, and immediate constraints. I hope that this report based on discussions at the Accra and Abidjan workshops will contribute to a fuller understanding of the constraints and potential of agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa, leading thereby to more effective growth strategies.

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The stagnation in agriculture has led to a worsening incidence of poverty and food availability in the rural areas. The current production systems are unable, on the one hand, to absorb the incremental labor, and, on the other, to prevent the progressive destruction of the underlying resource base. The objectives of agricultural development in Africa have, therefore, been identified as: Poverty alleviation and food security; Employment creation; and Sustainable management of natural resources. In reaching for this targeted growth rate of 4 percent per annum, African agriculture has some serious constraints to overcome.

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