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An African Green Revolution

Finding Ways to Boost Productivity on Small Farms

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  • © 2013


  • Uses primary data to assess the potential for productivity growth in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Describes the Asian experience and assesses the transferability of Asian technology
  • Outlines explicit policy recommendations to realize a Green Revolution in sub-Saharan Africa
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This volume explores the usefulness of the Asian model of agricultural development for Africa, where, even before the recent world food crisis, half the population lived on less than on dollar a day, and a staggering one in three people and one third of all children were undernourished. Africa has abundant natural resources; agriculture provides most of its jobs, a third of national income and a larger portion of total export earnings. However the levels of land and labor productivity rank among the worst in the world. The book explains Africa’s productivity gap and proposes ways to close it, by examining recent experience in Africa and by drawing on lessons from Asia.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Climate and the Transferability of Asian Green Revolution to Sub-Saharan Africa

  2. Prospects for Upland Rice and Maize Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa

  3. The Role of Fertilizer Markets and Fertilizer Application

  4. Conclusion

Editors and Affiliations

  • National Graduate Institute for Policy S, Minato, Japan

    Keijiro Otsuka

  • , Research Group, World Bank, Washington, USA

    Donald F. Larson

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