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Food Security for African Smallholder Farmers


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  • Focuses on African research and smallholder farmers

  • Presents key drivers of transformation of the African smallholder agriculture

  • Recommends key policy options for the successful uptake of agricultural technologies

Part of the book series: Sustainability Sciences in Asia and Africa (SSAA)

Part of the book sub series: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security (SAFS)

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Agronomy: Soils and Crop Development

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Decades of Cultivar Development: A Reconciliation of Maize and Bean Breeding Projects and Their Impacts on Food, Nutrition Security, and Income of Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa

      • Aleck Kondwakwenda, Bruce Mutari, Kennedy Simango, Eileen Bogweh Nchanji, Rowland Chirwa, Jean Claude Rubyogo et al.
      Pages 3-26
    3. From Soil to Fork: Can Sustainable Intensification Guarantee Food Security for Smallholder Farmers?

      • Adornis D. Nciizah, Hupenyu A. Mupambwa, Patrick Nyambo, Binganidzo Muchara
      Pages 27-46
    4. Sub-Saharan Africa Smallholder Farmers Agricultural Productivity: Risks and Challenges

      • Patrick Nyambo, Peter Nyambo, Zira Mavunganidze, Violet Nyambo
      Pages 47-58
    5. Can Organic Soil Fertility Management Sustain Farming and Increase Food Security Among African Smallholder Farmers?

      • Hupenyu Allan Mupambwa, Adornis Dakarai Nciizah, Patrick Nyambo
      Pages 89-112
    6. Precision Agriculture Under Arid Environments: Prospects for African Smallholder Farmers

      • H. A. Mupambwa, A. D. Nciizah, E. Dube, M. Fanadzo
      Pages 113-127
  3. Water Resources in Agriculture and Fisheries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 153-153
    2. Agricultural Water Resource Governance for Sustainable Food Production: Lessons from Developing Economies

      • Binganidzo Muchara, Adornis D. Nciizah, Hupenyu A. Mupambwa, Patrick Nyambo
      Pages 155-170
    3. Medicinal Plants: A Perspective on Their Application in the African Smallholder Aquaculture Farms

      • Ndakalimwe Naftal Gabriel, Johannes A. Iitembu, Oliver Jolezya Hasimuna, Ghasem Rashidian, Esau Matthews Mbokane, Ngonidzashe Adreck Gukuta Moyo et al.
      Pages 191-217
    4. Application of Integrated Water Resources Management Towards Livelihood Improvement: A Case of Smallholder Farmers in Olushandja, Namibia

      • Mayday Haulofu, Silvanus K. Uunona, Aune T. M. Amwaama, Anna T. Haufiku, Earl W. Lewis
      Pages 219-229
  4. Climate Change and Resilience

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 231-231
    2. Climate Change Impacts on Food and Nutrition Security on Smallholder Farmers in Southern Africa

      • Paramu Mafongoya, Misheck Musokwa, Liboster Mwadzingeni, Mutondiwa M. Phophi
      Pages 233-249
    3. Climate-Smart Agriculture: Perspectives for Subsistence Crop Farming in Namibia

      • N. Siyambango, C. Togarepi, B. Mudamburi, H. A. Mupambwa, S. Awala
      Pages 251-266
    4. Smallholder Farmers’ Adaptation Strategies and Food Security: Experiences from Zimbabwe

      • Tendai Nciizah, Elinah Nciizah, Caroline Mubekaphi, Adornis D. Nciizah
      Pages 267-280

About this book

This book provides a synthesis of current agricultural research in Africa with the aim of presenting evidence based information that can be directly applied into improving the African smallholder farmers’ food security. It presents positive scientific research that has been undertaken in Africa, in simpler terms, thus driving the research for development agenda contributing to the attainment of SDG 2. Numerous research that targets resource poor African smallholder farmers has been published, yet the region faces very low productivity levels. This lack of translation from research to food security and increased agricultural incomes is due to the poor uptake of scientific research by farmers, which is partly due to poor presentation of this body of knowledge into simpler forms that extension workers and farmers can directly adopt. Therefore, this book offers research information in an easy, digestible and application oriented style, so as to enable transformation of the African agricultural sector by effectively driving agricultural productivity in Africa. This book is of interest to African extension workers, who will translate the simplified knowledge into lessons that can be useful to smallholder farmers. The book is also beneficial for policy makers as well as academics, researchers and other science based professionals.


  • Climate Change
  • Degraded Soils
  • Household Food Security
  • Soil Fertility Management
  • Socio-Economic Impact
  • Subsistence Farming

Editors and Affiliations

  • SANUMARC, University of Namibia, Henties Bay, Namibia

    Hupenyu Allan Mupambwa

  • Agricultural Research Council—Natural Resources & Engineering, Pretoria, South Africa

    Adornis Dakarai Nciizah

  • Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre (RAVAC), University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus, South Africa

    Patrick Nyambo

  • Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa, Midrandx, South Africa

    Binganidzo Muchara

  • Department of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Namibia, Hentiesbaai, Namibia

    Ndakalimwe Naftal Gabriel

About the editors

Hupenyu Allan MUPAMBWA
Hupenyu holds a PhD in Soil Science, where he specialized in organic soil fertility management. Currently, he leads the Desert and Coastal Agriculture research program at the University of Namibia, with a combined 13 years’ experience in government agriculture research and training as well as university undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research in crop based agriculture. To date, he has published 24 manuscripts; contributed 4 book chapters and also supervised and examined several postgraduate students. His research focuses on waste beneficiation, vermi-technology and organic soil fertility management with a drive towards improving the soil quality among resource poor farmers. 

Adornis D. NCIIZAH
Adornis holds a Ph.D. in Crop Science, his research focused on soil surface structural conditions and properties affecting early crop growth. He is currently a Specialist Researcher in Soil Science with the Agricultural Research Council– Natural Resources and Engineering (ARC-NRE) in Pretoria, South Africa. His current research work focuses on climate-smart agriculture, sustainable bio-energy feedstock production in marginal soils, micronutrient seed priming for micronutrient-deficient soils and sustainable agricultural production in smallholder farming areas. He has authored numerous scientific papers and reviews on agronomy and soil science and trained smallholder farmers in climate smart agriculture.

Patrick NYAMBO
Patrick holds a PhD in Crop Science where his research specialized on climate-smart and sustainable crop production practices. Currently, he is a post-doctoral researcher in the Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre, working on the project entitled “Water-Energy-Food communities in South Africa: multi-actor nexus governance for social justice”. Since 2013, he has worked as a temporary lecturer, responsible for lecturing undergraduate courses and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student projects. He worked as a research agronomist at the Agronomy Research Institute in Zimbabwe. Patrick has numerous publications in peer-reviewed international journals and has presented in local and international conferences on numerous occasions.

Binganidzo MUCHARA
Binganidzo is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa (UNISA). He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics, with a focus on Natural Resource Economics, Institutional Economics and Water Security Governance to enhance agricultural and economic performance. He worked as a Research Fellow with the International Water Security, based at Monash, South Africa. Binganidzo has been a researcher on projects funded by the Water Research Commission, Oxfam, Human Sciences Research Council, FAO, DAFF, USAID, IDS. He has supervised several MSc and PhD students in Business leadership at UNISA.

Ndakalimwe Naftal GABRIEL
Ndakalimwe is a senior lecturer in the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Namibia (UNAM). He holds a PhD in Fisheries and Aquatic Science, where his research focused on the use of herbal extracts in optimizing the growth of freshwater fish. He has 10 years’ experience in the field of aquaculture as researcher in the Ministry of fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia and as a lecturer and a researcher at UNAM. He has published several peer reviewed articles from reputable journals and also supervised several post graduate students in the field of aquaculture and fisheries sciences.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Food Security for African Smallholder Farmers

  • Editors: Hupenyu Allan Mupambwa, Adornis Dakarai Nciizah, Patrick Nyambo, Binganidzo Muchara, Ndakalimwe Naftal Gabriel

  • Series Title: Sustainability Sciences in Asia and Africa

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-6770-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-6771-8

  • Series ISSN: 2730-6771

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-678X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 442

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Climate Change Ecology, Agriculture, Agroecology

Buying options

USD 169.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-16-6771-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)