Food Security for Rural Africa : Feeding the Farmers First, Hardback Book

Food Security for Rural Africa : Feeding the Farmers First Hardback

Part of the Routledge Contemporary Africa series



Why is food security so hard to achieve in rural Africa?

More than fifty years of projects have had little impact.

This book tackles this question from every angle. What frameworks guide international advisors and donors?

What are local governments trying to do? Why do projects rarely work? What do the people working at the grass roots think?

What is the viewpoint of the beneficiaries? Participatory project design was heralded as a revolutionary new idea that would change everything. And yet forty years down the track, the problems persist.

This book shows why. Most projects aim to turn smallholders into successful commercial farmers.

Such projects rarely work. Some projects aim to start up community-owned commercially successful cooperatives.

These are even less successful. This book explains an alternative strategy - 'feeding the farmers first'.

The way to ensure food security is to start with household food provision.

In most of Africa the rural poor have enough land to feed their families.

Projects must promote low input agriculture - because the poor cannot afford inputs.

Projects must work with households to improve production on their own household land.

The book presents case studies that show how projects like this work.

Detailed nuts and bolts plans explain what has to be done.

These problems can be solved. It is high time that they were. For anyone planning to work in the rural areas of Africa, this book is required reading.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 234 pages, 10 Line drawings, black and white; 2 Tables, black and white; 10 Illustrations, black and
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
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  • Category: Agriculture & related industries
  • ISBN: 9780815354062



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