Road Map towards The Malabo Declaration: Increasing Smallholder Farm Productivity through Improved Farm Management Practices

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December 1, 2014 - Author: Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Institute - ReNAPRI

Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Institute (ReNAPRI). 2014. Road Map towards The Malabo Declaration: Increasing Smallholder Farm Productivity through Improved Farm Management Practices. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 3. East Lansing: Michigan State University

KEY MESSAGES

  • The sub-Saharan smallholder farmers’ productivity challenge is multi-dimensional in nature; therefore, the solution needs to be multifaceted.
  • Population growth in densely populated smallholder farming areas is contributing to growing land pressures and unsustainable forms of agricultural intensification.
  • Loss of micronutrients and soil organic matter depress the efficiency of inorganic fertilizer in contributing to crop output.
  • Despite the combined use of fertilizer and hybrid seeds, maize yield levels are low for many African farms when compared to Chinese smallholder farms.
  • Improved farm management techniques can mitigate the impact of soil degradation, contribute to efficient use of fertilizer, and promote productivity growth for smallholder agriculture in Africa.

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Tags: c4a, fsp policy brief, input use and market assessment, renapri, sustainable agricultural transformation, zambia


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Zambia, C4a


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