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Agriculture and food security in Africa's drylands : meeting the realities of small-scale farmers


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Abstract: This paper examines the existing divide between current development policies related to agriculture and those related to drylands and the reality of food production in these, often hostile (physical and economic) environments. It argues that ‘silverbullet’ solutions are unlikely to be successful in such situations and that far more grassroots involvement is required in selecting, developing and experimenting with new approaches to solving the food crisis. The central role of women in food production also needs to be acknowledged and supported if any progress is to be made towards meeting MDG1. This paper points out the challenges and suggestions are made for potential ways forward.
Authors: Haren, N. van , Oettle, N. , Werff ten Bosch, M.J. van der , Wolvekamp, P.
Series Title: Both ENDS Briefing Paper
Category: Policy
Editor: Parrott, N.
Keywords: agriculture , food , rural development , environmental degradation , international cooperation , sustainable development
Language: eng
Organization: Both ENDS
PAGE: 26
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: Both ENDS
Year: 2010
Region: Africa
Right: © 2010 Both ENDS
Subject: Agriculture and Rural Development
Title: Agriculture and food security in Africa's drylands : meeting the realities of small-scale farmers