Innovations as Key to the Green Revolution in Africa

Innovations as Key to the Green Revolution in Africa

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Africa urgently needs a uniquely African Green Revolution- a revolution that is long overdue, a revolution that will help the continent in its quest for dignity and peace Mr. Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), currently the Board Chair of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Research work on soil in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has generated numerous outputs but very few have been translated into adoption to improve the livelihoods of the smallholder farmers. This is the greatest challenge Africa needs to address in order to achieve the highly sought after green revolution Andre BationoSoil Health Specialist, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Accra, Ghana An African Green Revolution can apply the power of knowledge and technology with an environmental touch: disseminating many crop varieties that will thrive in diverse conditions; improving soil health through integrated soil fertility management; and developing technologies that maximize the use of rainwater, deliver small-scale irrigation and mitigate against impacts of unfavourable and changing climatic conditions.Chemical NPK fertilizers were applied each season at sowing at 14, 10, 11 and 6 kg haa€“1 of N, P, K and S, respectively ... Like farmersa#39; practices, the main aboveground parts of residues (stems and leaves) of sorghum (stover) and cowpea ... Manual weeding with traditional hoe was used two or three times for weed control.

Title:Innovations as Key to the Green Revolution in Africa
Author:Andre Bationo, Boaz Waswa, Jeremiah M. Okeyo, Fredah Maina, Job Maguta Kihara
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2011-08-30


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