In the 1990s and early 2000s most studies painted a rath-
er bleak picture of African economic performance. Indeed,
economic writing on Africa tended to be uniformly gray and
even marked by despair (Madavo & Sarbib, 1997).
John Ulimwengu, Julia Collins - International Food Policy Research Institute
Felix Yeboah - Michigan State University
Lulama Ndibongo Traub - Stellenbosch University