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Infrastructure in AfricaLessons for Future Development$
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Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326632

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326632.001.0001

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Infrastructure and rural productivity in Africa

Infrastructure and rural productivity in Africa

(p.137) Four Infrastructure and rural productivity in Africa
Infrastructure in Africa

Maurice Mubila

Tito Yepes

Policy Press

A wide range of economic activities take place in rural Africa and despite their important, little is yet known about their productivity. Both farm and non-farm enterprises provide a variety of products and services to the rural population. For example, the relative contribution of the non-farm economy to household income is significant and known to have increased over time. They are also expected to contribute to structural transformation, although the non-farm sector largely consists of small, informal household businesses. Rural infrastructure—notably feeder roads and transmission lines that connect rural communities to national grids—enable individuals, households, communities, and small businesses to embark on income generating activities thanks to improved access to electricity and links to markets. The use of renewable energy or environmentally friendly sources of energy, including solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower—all of which Africa has in abundance—would contribute to making growth sustainable.

Keywords:   rural productivity, infrastructure, renewable energy, growth, Africa, household income

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