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Study: Africa capable of feeding itself

Dar ed Salaaam -- If African leaders demonstrate political leadership the continent could both feed itself and become a major agricultural exporter, a study says.

The study, described in a book titled "The New Harvest" by Harvard University professor Calestous Juma, urges African leaders to make agricultural expansion central to all political and economic decision-making, the BBC reported.

The findings are being presented at an informal summit in Tanzania discussing African food security and climate change attended by the presidents of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Leaders need to recognize "agriculture and economy for Africa are one and the same," Juma told the BBC ahead of the meeting.