The skyrocketing price of oil and basic foodstuffs has captured worldwide attention. In Africa especially, it has prompted questions concerning the low economic returns to land under agricultural production; the lack of investment in agricultural infrastructure, technology, and education; the poor standards of land management; and the seeming inability of African farmers to respond efficiently to economic opportunities in domestic and world markets.
Mike Norton-Grifiths is a long-term resident of Kenya, where he researches issues of land-use economics and the economic foundations of conservation and land use policy. He was a PERC Lone Mountain Fellow in 2007. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His website mng5.com is worth a visit.