In recent decades, donors have poured billions of dollars into boosting agricultural production in Southern Africa. But the results remain mixed. For example, maize and soya bean production have increased somewhat over time in countries such as Zambia and Tanzania, while Mozambique and Malawi have experienced rather more volatile output.

Though donor funds have assisted with training farmers, providing inputs such as seeds and machinery and building agriculture-related infrastructure, the sector has experienced limited growth. Ultimately, it is institutional reform, not funds alone, that lies at the heart of sustainable agriculture development in Southern African...

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