This year saw an urgent appeal for food aid in the horn of Africa, where famine was declared.
A poignant time then for our guest editor, Mo Ibrahim, to pose the question why can't Africa feed itself given that we are told about 12% of the world's arable land is in the African continent?
The sad fact is that most of that land is not utilised and only a tiny fraction is irrigated. And high population growth means more mouths to feed and land divided into ever smaller portions.
East Africa Correspondent Will Ross, has been looking into the challenges faced by farmers in Kenya.
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