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What is the economic geography of Africa?

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Africa is a continent that is very rich in mineral resources.  However, even with these riches, it is a very poor continent, relatively speaking. 

Much of Africa is not very economically useful.  This is particularly true of the desert areas in northern Africa (the Sahara) and in southern Africa (the Namib and the Kalahari).  Much of the rest of Africa is populated by people who are subsistence farmers. ...

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