Conway, Gordon / Badiane, Ousmane / Glatzel, Katrin
Food for All in Africa
Sustainable Intensification for African Farmers
Aims and Scope
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.
- 342 pages
- 3 b&w halftones, 1 b&w line drawing, 10 maps, 38 charts 10 Fig. 38 Tables
- CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS
- sustainable agriculture, resilience, value chains, hunger, malnutrition
"Food for All in Africa is very impressive. Elegant and readable, it is a significant contribution to the discussion of food security in Africa."
Steven Haggblade, Michigan State:
"Food for All in Africa is truly gripping and provides an easy-to-follow pictoral exposition that will facilitate access by policy makers. This work, synthesizing core findings from the decades of experience of the preeminent expert authors in the areas of sustainable agriculture, is both welcome and important."