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Unfortunately, urban bias is also still very active. It is vital that the gap between assent to the strategic elements, and actions to implement them, should be bridged. Agricultural development is complicated and challenging perhaps one of the most challenging parts of economic development. The main elements of a strategy for progress in agriculture complement one another if one or more is missing, agricultural growth suffers visibly. This study illustrates the validity of these assertions. In doing so, it provides an overview of recent developments in agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa which will be valuable to all those concerned with its progress.

The key to maintaining this equilibrium was mobility. People shifted to a different location when soil fertility declined or forage was depleted. This allowed the fertility of the land to be reconstituted through natural vegetative growth and decay. For field cropping, this typically Page 6 involved fanning a piece of land for two to four years, then leaving it fallow for as long as fifteen to twenty-five years. Herders' mobility generally involved a far greater geographic range, but a far shorter temporal cycle, dictated by the seasonal availability of water and forage.

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