United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) Executive Secretary Carlos Lopes makes the case that the time for discussing frameworks and strategies centered on Africa's need for real structural transformation has passed. Faced with a combination of renewed conflict, drop in commodities demand and prices, including oil, high currency volatility, rising interest rates, choking of key economic locomotives and another devastating visit of our hated El Nino, Africa needs to sustain a different narrative based in real changes. It is time for the continent to get its story straight.
Necessity was truly the mother of invention. By the year 2000, there was widespread recognition that the status quo no longer worked. Conflicts over land increasingly gripped the country. At the same time, low agricultural production, decreasing rainfall, and increasing reliance on expensive food imports undermined food security.
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