Thailand has greater agricultural exports than all of Sub-Saharan Africa

Wake up and sell more coffee – Economist, September 19, 2015
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
…Sub-Saharan Africa’s share of agricultural exports has slipped to a quarter of its previous level; indeed, the entire region has been overtaken by a single country: Thailand (see chart). This is largely because Africa’s crop yields have improved at only half the pace of those elsewhere and are now, on average, a third to a half of those in the rich world. Farmers in Malawi harvest just 1.3 tonnes of maize per hectare compared with 10 tonnes in Iowa…

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