Increased agricultural productivity is a major stepping stone on the path out of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, but farmers there face tremendous challenges improving production. Poor soil, inefficient water use, and a lack of access to plant breeding resources, nutritious animal feed, high quality seed, and fuel and electricity-combined with some of the most extreme environmental conditions on Earth-have made yields in crop and animal production far lower in these regions than world averages. Emerging Technologies to Benefit Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia identifies sixty emerging technologies with the potential to significantly improve agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Eighteen technologies are recommended for immediate development or further exploration. Scientists from all backgrounds have an opportunity to become involved in bringing these and other technologies to fruition. The opportunities suggested in this book offer new approaches that can synergize with each other and with many other activities to transform agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.... large residential or small industrial system by U.S. standards) installed in 2007 would cost about US$80, 000 (Borenstein, 2008). Solar-cell technologies are diversifying rapidly, and waves of innovations are focused on reducing cost and increasing ... First, they could reduce the costs and improve the efficiency of the current form of energy storage in use by the rural poor in ... Car batteries are used for other applications and are brought into town for recharging with a diesel generator.
|Title||:||Emerging Technologies to Benefit Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia|
|Author||:||Committee on a Study of Technologies to Benefit Farmers in Africa and South Asia, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council|
|Publisher||:||National Academies Press - 2009-01-21|