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On the Central Role of Small Farms in African Rural Development Strategies

AGRICULTURAL POLICIES MANURE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AGRICULTURAL GROWTH THAILAND YIELD RESPONSE URBANIZATION AFRICAN RICE TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION SORGHUM GENETIC IMPROVEMENT LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS SOIL CONSERVATION CROP SYSTEMS AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION LEGUMES UNITED NATIONS AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PESTICIDE AGRICULTURAL SECTORS AGRICULTURAL LANDS CASSAVA CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS GENETIC MATERIAL LARGE FARMS GENETIC POTENTIAL NUTRIENT CONTENT AGRONOMY GERMPLASM RICE TECHNOLOGY WATER RESOURCES AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LANDS POVERTY REDUCTION FERTILIZERS MAIZE CROP YIELD CROP PRODUCTION CEREALS TRAINING GRAIN CROPS WHEAT YIELDS AGRICULTURAL MARKETS AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY AGROCLIMATIC CONDITIONS SEEDS AFRICAN FARMERS HYBRID MAIZE POTENTIAL YIELDS BIODIVERSITY CARBON SEQUESTRATION UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME PESTICIDE USE MARKETS ORGANIC FERTILIZER HIGH YIELDS AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY RESEARCH AVERAGE YIELD FARMING FOOD SUPPLIES LIVESTOCK FARMERS BARLEY NATURAL RESOURCES CROPS FOOD PRODUCTION RURAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES INFRASTRUCTURE AGRICULTURAL POLICY TECHNOLOGY CROP YIELDS DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH HYBRID SEEDS LIVESTOCK FARMING CROP FARMING EXTENSION PROGRAMS FARMLAND FOOD SECURITY PLANT BREEDING AGRONOMIC PRACTICES CROP CLIMATE CHANGE AGRICULTURAL INTENSIFICATION SCIENCE AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES SOIL NUTRIENTS RICE YIELDS CREDIT MAIZE YIELDS MILLET REPORTS RURAL POVERTY CROPPING MEXICO AGRICULTURAL MARKETING COFFEE AGRICULTURE AGRICULTURAL LAND LENTILS AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS POPULATIONS HYBRIDS RURAL ECONOMIES IRRI INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT ACCESS TO CREDIT ANIMAL PROTEIN SOUTH AFRICA POTATOES RICE CULTIVARS IRRIGATION SYSTEMS INVESTMENT IRRIGATION FOOD CROPS BREEDING FARMS RICE CULTIVATION FEED AVERAGE YIELDS INNOVATION POPULATION WHEAT SOILS AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY RICE SOIL FERTILITY COMMODITIES GREEN REVOLUTION LAMB FARMING SYSTEMS FOOD PRICES RURAL DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY SEASONS CEREAL YIELDS GRAIN POVERTY ALLEVIATION FORAGE CROPS CEREAL YIELD
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa
2016-07-07T20:07:00Z | 2016-07-07T20:07:00Z | 2016-06

Improving the productivity of smallholder farms in Sub-Saharan Africa offers the best chance to reduce poverty among this generation of rural poor, by building on the limited resources farming households already possess. It is also the best and shortest path to meet rising food needs. Using examples from farmers' maize and rice fields, and comparisons with Asia, this paper examines why the set of technologies promoted to date have produced localized successes rather than transformational change. The paper explains the limitations of alternative policies that are not centered on small farms. It provides indicative examples of how resource-management technologies can supplement seed-fertilizer technologies to speed an African Green Revolution.

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