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  • Portraits of family farming in West Africa

    Portraits of family farming in West Africa

    This paper shows that the stereotyped image of family farming as archaic and hide-bound is fase through presenting three family farms, in Ghana, Senegal and Mali. Like the case studies presented, throughout West Africa there are many examples of small-scale producers who have established economically viable farms And who are contributing to the sustainable management of local natural resources. This paper is part of IIEDs programme on the ...

  • Transformations in West African agriculture and the role of family farms.

    Transformations in West African agriculture and the role of family farms.

    This paper examines change in West African agricultural systems, the major challenges being faced by smallholders in the region and pathways for the future, given international pressure and domestic restraints. It aims to strengthen debate on West African agriculture, the role of family farms and trade policy at national, regional and global levels. It also aims to identify and document how agricultural patterns and livelihoods are evolving in ...

  • The Future of Family Farms in West Africa: What Can We Learn from Long-Term Data.?

    The Future of Family Farms in West Africa: What Can We Learn from Long-Term Data.?

    Small-scale family farming which has supported West Africans for thousands of years may be newly vulnerable under conditions of open, competitive global markets and processes of globalisation which transfer economic advantage to the rich nations. Since the early 1960s, long-term data series have evolved relating to many critical parameters of development. The purpose of this study is to examine some of the series relating to agriculture, with a ...

  • Nutrients on the Move: Soil Fertility Dynamics in African Farming Systems

    Nutrients on the Move: Soil Fertility Dynamics in African Farming Systems

    This paper analyses the soil fertility management practices employed by farmers in the Meket district of North Wollo, Ethiopia. The environment is severely degraded, and people have to cope with frequent droughts and chronic food insecurity. As many households do not own any livestock, the only option left to poorer farmers is to migrate in search of employment. This study examines how farmers with varying resource endowments manage soils in ...

  • Mechanisation of agricultural work in sub-Saharan Africa

    Mechanisation of agricultural work in sub-Saharan Africa

    This study report identifies ways of making small-scale farmers, policy-makers and researchers more aware of the current and potential contribution of mechanisation to agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. It puts forward measures to promote the mechanisation of small and medium-sized farms and describes experiences of mechanisation in various sub-Saharan African countries.