Food for All in Africa
Sustainable Intensification for African Farmers
Published by: Cornell University Press
342 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 3 b&w halftones, 1 b&w line drawing, 10 maps, 38 charts
- ISBN: 9781501743887
- Published: November 2019
Africa requires a new agricultural transformation that is appropriate for Africa, that recognizes the continent's diverse environments and climates, and that takes into account its histories and cultures while benefiting rural smallholder farmers and their families.
In this boldly optimistic book, Sir Gordon Conway, Ousmane Badiane, and Katrin Glatzel describe the key challenges faced by Africa's smallholder farmers and present the concepts and practices of Sustainable Intensification (SI) as opportunities to sustainably transform Africa's agriculture sector and the livelihoods of millions of smallholders. The way forward, they write, will be an agriculture sector deeply rooted within SI: producing more with less, using fertilizers and pesticides more prudently, adapting to climate change, improving natural capital, adopting new technologies, and building resilience at every stage of the agriculture value chain.
Food for All in Africa envisions a virtuous circle generated through agricultural development rooted in SI that results in greater yields, healthier diets, improved livelihoods for farmers, and sustainable economic opportunities for the rural poor that in turn generate further investment. It describes the benefits of digital technologies for farmers and the challenges of transforming African agricultural policies and creating effective and inspiring leadership.
Food for All in Africa demonstrates why we should take on the challenge and provides ideas and methods through which it can be met.
List of Illustrations
Foreword by Akinwumi A. Adesina, African Development Bank
List of Acronyms
Introduction: A Book for Optimists
1. African Farms and Farmers
2. Hunger and Malnutrition
3. The Threats to Food Security
4. Resilient Farmers
5. Sustainable Agriculture
6. Agriculture and Ecology
7. The New Genetics
8. Value Chains
9. Digital Farmers
10. Transforming Agriculture
11. Leadership and Performance
"On the whole, the book offers a wide-ranging, coherent, and insightful analysis of food security in Africa. Written by several experts in the area of sustainable agriculture, it is a very engaging and readable book that should be of particular interest to anyone with an interest in development studies, and its optimistic tone is very uplifting for the reader."~Progress in Development Studies