High cost of transport in Africa
A study by America’s trade department found that it cost more to ship a ton of wheat from Mombasa in Kenya to Kampala in Uganda than it did to ship it from Chicago to Mombasa
Distance from Chicago to Mombasa: 8,274 miles (13,316km)
Distance from Mombasa to Kampala: 575miles (926km)
In an article about logistics in Africa The Economist uncovers some of the reasons why a road journey of less than 1,000km can cost more than an intercontinental voyage of more than 13 times the distance.
The main reason of course is lack of transport infrastructure. And this map puts things in perspective – the distances involved in creating an infrastructure network are enormous.