Indeed, 42 countries scrutinized, Mauritius occupies only the 40th place not outperforming the arid Mauritania in West Africa and Madagascar yet presented as the key to food security in the region.
Clearly, this classification of ACBF, for 2012, shows the limits of agricultural policy in favor of local food security. Above all, the ACBF advanced low level of capacity Mauritian farmers. In other words, it is empowering farmers, smallholders, contribute to agricultural production in a sustainable way to reduce dependence on imports.
Agricultural transformation in order to establish food security is a major challenge for the entire continent. Mauritius is no exception as pointed governments and regional bodies like the Commission to the Indian Ocean. However, according to ACBF, based pan-African body in Zimbabwe, Mauritius is in the back of the pack ranking on capacity building for agricultural transformation and food security.