Africa's experience with structural adjustment: proceedings by Kapil Kapoor, World Bank

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Even in the case of these crops, long-term profitability would depend upon the future cost of production and the likely response of other countries in the world. With regards to manufactured exports, several representatives of the private sector pointed out that while adjustment programs emphasized the need to "level the playing field" within African economies, the international trading arena was still far from level, notwithstanding the current efforts being made under the new GATT agreement. Consequently, even as African economies were bringing down tariff barriers and doing away with export subsidies, they were encountering substantial problems in penetrating the international market on account of a variety of tariff and non-tariff barriers.

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As a result, the incidence of poverty increased by more than 50 percent between 1985 and 1988. The increase in poverty was not a result of redistribution of income from the poor to the rich, but a drop in income that affected all sectors and income groups. Outside of Africa, countries that have been most successful in attacking poverty have encouraged development that makes efficient use of the poor's labour primarily agricultural development and labor-intensive exports while at the same time investing to improve human capital.

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