The authors discuss low-input agricultural strategies known and practised by many subsistence and smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, which are efficient and intensify food production. Their proposed technologies are suitable options useable in response to concerns about the environmental impact made by using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Therefore, new agricultural technologies should be used in order to avoid land degradation but rather improve soil through appropriate conservation practices. With the help of these new low-input strategies, the exploitation of land leading to massive destruction, and as such to rural poverty, can be avoided. Field tests have shown that the low-input agricultural strategies are economically affordable to poor farmers and easy to implement.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 120 pp., num. fig., tables and graphs
Contents: Baldur Ed. Pfeiffer/Franz-Theo Gottwald: Foreword to the series – Franz-Theo Gottwald/lsabel Boergen: Foreword.
Low-input agricultural technologies for sub-Saharan Africa – Martin A. N. Anikwe: Low-input agricultural technologies for
sub-Saharan Africa – James Ola Daramola: Low-input agricultural technologies for sub-Saharan Africa – Timothy Rotimi Fayeye:
Low-input agricultural technologies for sub-Saharan Africa – Ceasar Hugh Mkandawire: Assessing utilization of low-input agricultural
technologies (LIATs) in Malawi: Adoption and challenges for the Malawian subsistence farmer – Frackson Lameck Mkandawire:
Low-input agricultural technologies for sub-Saharan Africa – Mkpada Mmaduabuchukwu: Refined indigenous knowledge as source
of low-input agricultural technologies in sub-Saharan African rural communities – Kumbukani Kafwirangachi Nyirenda: An analysis
of the impact of appropriate technologies commonly used by smallholder farmers.