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The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014, Potts, Jason, and Lynch Matthew , 06/2014, p.135-155, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Evaluation of river sand as a medium for raising cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) seedlings, Konlan, Sampson, and Opoku-Agyeman Michael Obour , American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry , 06/2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Online, p.120, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
The Role of Cooperative Organizations in Rural Community Development in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges, Hussain, Muhammad Shehu , Academic Research International , 05/2014, Volume 5, Issue 3, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, NIGERIA., (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Challenges of farmers’ innovativeness in central zone, Tigray, Ethiopia A, Gebre, Girma Gezimu, and Zegeye Dawit Mamo , International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research, 05/2014, Volume 2, Issue 5, Ethiopia, p.223, (2014) , (Academic Publication)

The ambiguous effects of policy reforms on sustainable agricultural intensification in Africa: renewed threats to fragile margins?

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TitleThe ambiguous effects of policy reforms on sustainable agricultural intensification in Africa: renewed threats to fragile margins?
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsReardon, Thomas, and Barrett Christopher
Book TitleAgricultural technologies and torpical deforestation
PublisherCAB International
CityWallingford/New York
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsaccess to finance, access to markets, Cameroon, economic policies, farmer income, farmers & production

To satisfy continued growth in food demand without further degrading the natural environment, African farmers and policy-makers must pursue ‘sustainable agricultural intensification’ (SAI). African governments and donors should invest in both institutions and infrastructure and follow a middle path between heavy state involvement and absence of public support. The following subjects are dealt with: (1) definitions; (2) conceptual model; (3) macro- and sector-level policy reforms; and (4) examples of both sustainable and unsustainable intensification, including that of cocoa disinvestment in Cameroon. It is argued that much policy reform has been blind to the net effects on smallholder production incentives, focusing excessively on macro-level reforms, without fully recognizing the underlying structural weaknesses in rural markets. The success stories of SAI appear where necessary investments in farm-level capital had been made in the past or are being made through projects and where market proximity and satisfactory infrastructure enable markets to function reasonably well. Where state or NGO interventions have resolved structural weaknesses in factor or product markets or established an agrarian capital base, farmers enjoy incentives and have the capacity to pursue SAI.


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