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Title:From Green Revolution to Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa: Issues in Research and Technology Development
Author:Woodhouse, Philip
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:agricultural technology
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/0306-9192(89)90021-3
Abstract:This paper examines progress towards finding technologies to enable greater food crop production by African smallholders. It argues that a central weakness of current agricultural research is its failure to explore technologies for improving water control, which address the principal cause of low labour productivity and high risk in African farming, scarce and erratic rainfall. The paper examines some institutional and methodological aspects underlying this weakness, and possible consequences for the development of water control in sub-Saharan African agriculture. There is a need for location-specific, interdisciplinary studies. A major flaw in current farming systems research, which attempted to meet that need, is the assumption of the farm household as the economic decisionmaking unit, thereby ignoring both intrahousehold conflicts of interest and extrahousehold community ties. Notes, ref., sum.