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21 Feb 2008 description
report IRIN

ROME, 21 February 2008 (IRIN) - The lack of political will to invest in agriculture has affected the chances of halving poverty and hunger in Africa by 2015, according to a senior United Nations official.

"Investment in agriculture, more than other sectors, provides four times the returns," said Kanayo Nwanze, vice-president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a UN agency working to end rural poverty.

"There are some countries, like Ghana, which have made tremendous progress in the last seven years, and Uganda; we could have listed Kenya (prior to …