A technician holds a drone used to scout a plot of a heat-tolerant hybrid corn growing at the Chiredzi Research Station, in Zimbabwe, in October 2016. Africa’s largest employer is agriculture. In China, agriculture was modernised by granting more autonomy to farmers, alongside state investment in food-processing facilities. Photo: AFP A technician holds a drone used to scout a plot of a heat-tolerant hybrid corn growing at the Chiredzi Research Station, in Zimbabwe, in October 2016. Africa’s largest employer is agriculture. In China, agriculture was modernised by granting more autonomy to farmers, alongside state investment in food-processing facilities. Photo: AFP
A technician holds a drone used to scout a plot of a heat-tolerant hybrid corn growing at the Chiredzi Research Station, in Zimbabwe, in October 2016. Africa’s largest employer is agriculture. In China, agriculture was modernised by granting more autonomy to farmers, alongside state investment in food-processing facilities. Photo: AFP
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How Africa can prosper by following Deng’s economic model

Teodoro Poulson says the continent has the resources and the young population needed to thrive, and China’s model of direct state investment in technology and entrepreneurship offers a way forward

Topic |   Africa
A technician holds a drone used to scout a plot of a heat-tolerant hybrid corn growing at the Chiredzi Research Station, in Zimbabwe, in October 2016. Africa’s largest employer is agriculture. In China, agriculture was modernised by granting more autonomy to farmers, alongside state investment in food-processing facilities. Photo: AFP A technician holds a drone used to scout a plot of a heat-tolerant hybrid corn growing at the Chiredzi Research Station, in Zimbabwe, in October 2016. Africa’s largest employer is agriculture. In China, agriculture was modernised by granting more autonomy to farmers, alongside state investment in food-processing facilities. Photo: AFP
A technician holds a drone used to scout a plot of a heat-tolerant hybrid corn growing at the Chiredzi Research Station, in Zimbabwe, in October 2016. Africa’s largest employer is agriculture. In China, agriculture was modernised by granting more autonomy to farmers, alongside state investment in food-processing facilities. Photo: AFP
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