The Coming Revolution in Africa
A rising generation of small farmers promises not only to put food on the African table but to fundamentally change the continent’s economic and political life.
The heat is deadening. After a morning picking cotton on the side of a hill, Souley Madi, wearing a knock-off Nike T-shirt and thongs made from discarded tires, staggers down a steep slope, a heavy bag of cotton bolls on his back. Reaching his small compound 10 minutes later, he greets his two wives. The older one nurses a baby while preparing a lunch of maize and cassava. The second wife, visibly pregnant, rises from a seat under a shade tree, responding to Madi’s instructions. He wants to impress his foreign visitor, so he prepares to introduce his latest agro-business brainstorm.
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G. Pascal Zachary teaches journalism at Stanford University and is finishing a book on Africa for Scribner.more from this author >>