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Farming Systems of the African Savanna: A Continent in Crisis

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Type: Book
Author: Ker, Andrew
Publisher: International Development Research Centre
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Date: 1995
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/20
Sector: Agriculture
Region: Africa
Subject(s): agriculture
land tenure and use
population growth
Abstract: "Farmers in the parts of Africa where population growth is near, or has exceeded, the carrying capacity of the land at current technological levels face a serious crisis. This crisis is the result of the breakdown of traditional farming systems. The consequences are environmental deterioration on a massive scale, widespread poverty, malnutrition, and famine. In some countries, the crisis is contributing to political instability and civil war." "Through an examination of selected case studies, this book highlights some of the problems facing farmers in the African savanna and suggests some possible approaches toward solutions. It will prove useful to farmers, research and extension workers, policymakers, teachers, aid workers, and others who work with, or are concerned for, the future of the African farm and the livelihood of the African farmer."

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