This picture taken on Feb. 3, 2006 shows farmers loading harvested sugar cane sticks into a truck at the sugar cane market in Kano, northern Nigeria. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
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The world's poorest countries can stem migration by emulating China's rural reforms, and should ditch any get-rich-quick ideas about exposing their farmers to the glare of the global market, the U.N. economic agency UNCTAD said Wednesday.Taffere Tesfachew, head of the Least Developed Countries division at UNCTAD, said China's rural reforms had twinned privatization with promoting the emergence of non-farm enterprises in rural areas.But that was not happening in many African economies today because countries were failing to develop non-farming rural enterprises, and as farm productivity increased people were being forced to move away because of lack of jobs.The rural community should only be connected to towns once it started to thrive economically.
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