Farming Systems and Food Security in Africa

Farming Systems and Food Security in Africa : Priorities for science and policy under global change

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Africa has an immense variety of farming systems. An improved knowledge of these complex systems, set in their socio-economic and environmental context, is an essential ingredient to developing effective strategies for improving food and nutrition security. This book systematically and comprehensively describes and classifies the characteristics, trends, drivers of change and strategic priorities for each of thirteen African farming systems and their main subsystems. It shows how a farming systems perspective can be used to identify pathways to household food security, poverty reduction and strategic interventions and how these differ from one farming system to another. Emphasis in the analysis is placed on understanding systems dynamics, determinants of change and strategic priorities for science and policy. Highly illustrated with full colour maps and photographs throughout, the volume provides an essential follow-up to and application of the seminal work Farming Systems and Poverty by Dixon and colleagues for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and World Bank, published in more

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  • Hardback | 640 pages
  • 174 x 246mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 150 colour illustrations
  • 1138963356
  • 9781138963351

About John Dixon

John Dixon is Principal Adviser Research & Program Manager, Cropping Systems and Economics, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra, Australia. Dennis Garrity is Senior Fellow at the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), based in Nairobi, Kenya, UNCCD Drylands Ambassador, and Chair of the EverGreen Agriculture Partnership. Jean-Marc Boffa is a systems agroforester and Associate Fellow of ICRAF, Kenya. Tim Williams is Regional Director for Africa at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Accra, Ghana. Tilahun Amede is Principal Scientist and Systems Agronomist at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Nairobi, Kenya. Christopher Auricht is Managing Director of Auricht Projects, a niche International Consulting Firm based in Adelaide, Australia. Rosemary Lott is an agroforester and natural resource manager, Director of Vegetation Connections Pty Ltd, and Assistant Director, Australian Government Department of Agriculture. George Mburathi is a former FAO Deputy Regional Representative for Africa based in Accra, Ghana, and currently supports ACIAR programs in Africa based in more

Table of contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Africa through the Farming Systems Lens: Context and Approach 2. Methods and Data Sources Part 2: Analysis of Farming Systems 3. Maize Mixed Farming Systems: An Engine for Rural Growth 4. Agro-pastoral Farming Systems: Achieving Resilience under Duress? 5. Highland Perennial Farming Systems: Sustainable Intensification and the Limits of Farm Size 6. Root and Tuber Crop Farming Systems: Diversity, Complexity and High Potential Productivity 7. Cereal-root Crop Mixed Farming Systems 8. Highland Mixed Farming Systems: Diversifying Livelihoods in Fragile Ecosystems 9. Humid Lowland Tree Crop Farming Systems 10. Pastoral Farming Systems 11. Fish-based Farming Systems: Maintaining Ecosystem Health and Flexible Livelihood Portfolios 12. Forest-based Farming Systems 13. Large-Scale Irrigated Farming Systems: Overcoming Enduring Challenges to Improve Food Security, Livelihoods and Ecosystems Management 14. Perennial Mixed Farming Systems 15. Arid Pastoral and Oasis Farming System 16. Urban and Peri-urban Farming Systems: Feeding Cities and Enhancing Resilience Part 3: Synthesis and Conclusions 17. Potentials and Challenges in Pathways, Performance and Development Strategies Across Farming Systems 18. Conclusions and Ways Forwardshow more