Ethiopia needs increased productivity.

Position:World Bank report - Brief article

On May 7, 2007, the World Bank presented its most recent review of the Ethiopian economy to a large group of VIPs in Addis Ababa. The group consisted of various stakeholders, representatives of donor agencies, and senior government officials. The presentation was covered by The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa), which published a revealing account of the reaction to the World Bank's views on May 11, 2007.

The presentation, which was based on a World Bank report titled, "Accelerating Equitable Growth," maintained that Ethiopia's overall weak economic performance was due to poor productivity on the part of the country's vast agricultural sector.

The sector is mostly made up of small farmers whose practices only allow subsistence farming. In other words, most of the sector does not produce for the market. The World Bank's proposed solution is for the government to introduce and promote agri-business, farming on an industrial scale, and allow the country to benefit...

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