Farmers in the parts of Africa where population growth is near, or has exceeded, the carrying capacity of the land at current technological levels face a serious crisis. This crisis is the result of the breakdown of traditional farming systems. The consequences are environmental deterioration on a massive scale, widespread poverty, malnutrition, and famine. In some countries, the crisis is contributing to political instability and civil war.
Through an examination of selected case studies, this book highlights some of the problems facing farmers in the African savanna and suggests some possible approaches toward solutions. It will prove useful to farmers, research and extension workers, policymakers, teachers, aid workers, and others who work with, or are concerned for, the future of the African farm and the livelihood of the African farmer.
Andrew Ker is a development consultant based in Ottawa, Canada. For 20 years, he worked for IDRC as a program specialist in agricultural sciences, much of that time based at IDRC's regional office in Nairobi, Kenya.