Agriculture is a new critical market force
Author: BONGANI MBINDWANE
The right to food is arguably as important as the right to shelter. Because of the socialist nature of the Constitution, it will be unconstitutional for the South African government not to invest heavily in invigorating the food sector value chain.
Africa has always been a mining and agricultural land and it is time for Africans to take ownership of what they eat again. Global economic imperatives demand that policy makers consider agriculture a key industry above mining.
There has been reluctance in the past to consider agriculture part of a market economy other than just a means of subsistence for women and families. There are many contributing factors to this including urbanisation, whereby African males moved to towns leaving their wives to tend vegetables and grains, and other more complicated factors like politics and geography.
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