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Few sectors have carried as much promise and frustration as the agriculture sector in Africa. Since the independence era, the potential of agriculture in Africa has been evident, yet the sector continues to underperform.

In this episode of Lagos to Mombasa, Linda Manda, Head of Agribusiness, Corporate and Investment Banking at Standard Bank Group, and Gillian Pais, Partner and leader of the Agriculture Practice in Africa at McKinsey & Company, join Gyude to discuss the true potential of the agriculture sector, not just in addressing Africa’s own food security needs but also in its contribution to global grain and cereal supplies. With African economies ravaged by COVID-19, could ag policy be a means to recovery?

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