Africa’s potential for intensifying production by practising ‘ecological agriculture’ (New Agriculturist)


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Climate change and food systems resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

Edited by Lim Li Ching, Sue Edwards and Nadia El-Hage Scialabba
Published by FAO
Website: Earthprint (to purchase this book) or FAO website (to download a free copy)
2011, 448pp, ISBN 978 9 251068 762

To meet the demands of a growing population, global food production must increase. Climate change and food systems resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa outlines Africa’s potential for intensifying production by practising ‘ecological agriculture’.

In Tigray, Ethiopia, crop yields have almost doubled using ecological practices, including composting, soil conservation, agroforestry and crop diversification. “Ecological agriculture holds significant promise for increasing the productivity of Africa’s smallholder farmers, with consequent positive impacts on food security,” the authors state.

Degraded soils and increasingly unreliable rainfall constrain agricultural production in many developing countries. Governments have responded by encouraging the use of chemical fertilisers but, due to escalating prices…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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