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Introduction: Why an African Green RevolutionAfrican Green Revolution Is Needed and Why It Must Include Small Farms

Donald Larson and Keijiro Otsuka

Chapter Chapter 1 in In Pursuit of an African Green Revolution, 2016, pp 1-11 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract This book explores recent experiences in the effort to bring about a Green RevolutionGreen Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It focuses on rice and maize, which are promising and strategic smallholdersmallholder crops. This chapter sets out the stage for the statistical analyses presented in later chapters by clarifying the importance of Green Revolution, identifying emerging challenges, and suggesting an effective strategy towards an African Green RevolutionAfrican Green Revolution . Three major conclusions are derived. First, a rice Green Revolutionrice Green Revolution is possible based primarily on the transfer and adaptation of technology and management practices from Asia, a process that is already begun in some places. Second, a maize Green Revolutionmaize Green Revolution is possible based on the establishment of new productive farming systems; however the relevant experience is limited in comparison to the new rice technologies. Third, not only “improved technologiesimproved technology ” but also “improved management practiceimproved management practice s” are the keys to Green Revolution in SSA.

Keywords: African Green RevolutionAfrican Green Revolution; Asian Green RevolutionGreen Revolution; Rice farming; Maize farming; Modern inputs; Production management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1007/978-4-431-55693-0_1

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