Sudan: agricultural and economic recovery after the drought

Sudan’s agriculture has seen a phenomenal recovery in the last two years after the drought of 1983-1984. However, regional distribution of food is still a problem, as is the incomplete recovery of the livestock and oilseed sectors. Moreover, the impressive agricultural recovery is overshadowed by economic problems due to decreases in foreign exchange earnings and increased debt service requirements. Specific policy changes need to be made to encourage increased foreign exchange earnings. With regard to the agricultural sector, producer incentives could be increased through institutional change within the irrigated subsector, exchange rate reform, and explicit increases in producer prices. An improved domestic political and economic climate would also be an encouragement for increasing the flow of remittances from Sudanese working abroad. In order to have an impact on the overall economy, decisions on some of these macroeconomic and agricultural policy issues need to be made in the next 6-12 months (i.e. in 1987).

Title:Sudan: agricultural and economic recovery after the drought
Author:D’Silva, Brian C.
Year:1986
Pages:13
Language:English
City of publisher:Los Angeles, Cal.
Publisher:African Studies Association
Geographic term:Sudan
Abstract:Sudan’s agriculture has seen a phenomenal recovery in the last two years after the drought of 1983-1984. However, regional distribution of food is still a problem, as is the incomplete recovery of the livestock and oilseed sectors. Moreover, the impressive agricultural recovery is overshadowed by economic problems due to decreases in foreign exchange earnings and increased debt service requirements. Specific policy changes need to be made to encourage increased foreign exchange earnings. With regard to the agricultural sector, producer incentives could be increased through institutional change within the irrigated subsector, exchange rate reform, and explicit increases in producer prices. An improved domestic political and economic climate would also be an encouragement for increasing the flow of remittances from Sudanese working abroad. In order to have an impact on the overall economy, decisions on some of these macroeconomic and agricultural policy issues need to be made in the next 6-12 months (i.e. in 1987).