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Conclusions: Strategies Towards A Green Revolution In Sub-Saharan Africa

K. Otsuka, D. Larson
Published 2016 · Business

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Observing clear upward trend in rice yield in SSA, this volume attempted to explore whether Green Revolution in rice has taken place in irrigated areas in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), whether it is possible to realize a rice Green Revolution in rainfed areas, and the extent to which technology and management training has been effective in dissemination of Green Revolution technology. We then looked for signs of significant changes in maize yield from farmers’ fields, particularly from highly populated highlands of Kenya. To our surprise, many maize farmers in Kenya adopt land-saving and labor-intensive maize-livestock mixed systems, consistent with the Boserupian theory of agricultural intensification. But institutional innovations from the public sector, such as the support for agricultural research on the establishment of new maize-based farming systems and extension, have not taken place, thereby limiting major gains in maize yields in many areas of SSA.
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