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The Possibility of a Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Kenya

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  • Keijiro Otsuka

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    (Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Tokyo)

  • Takashi Yamano

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It is widely believed that a Green Revolution similar to the one achieved in Asia is impossible in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although grain yields have been stagnant in this region, there are some signs of the intensification of farming systems in the face of growing population pressure on limited land resources. In this paper we focus on the new farming system based on the use of manure produced by dairy cows, which may be termed an “Organic Green Revolution.” Using the farm household data collected from Kenya, this paper demonstrates that the Organic Green Revolution has a potential of doubling maize yields in highlands of Kenya.

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Article provided by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in its journal The Electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 2 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 7-19

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Handle: RePEc:fao:tejade:v:2:y:2005:i:1:p:7-19

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Keywords: Green Revolution; Agricultural Revolution; Organic Green Revolution; dairy cows; manure; chemical fertilizer; maize yield;

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  1. Gabre-Madhin, Eleni Z. & Haggblade, Steven, 2003. "Successes in African agriculture," MSSD discussion papers 53, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  2. Haggblade, Steven, ed., 2004. "Building on successes in African agriculture:," 2020 vision focus 12, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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Cited by:
  1. Kijima, Yoko & Ito, Yukinori & Otsuka, Keijiro, 2010. "On the Possibility of a Lowland Rice Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa:," Working Papers 25, JICA Research Institute.
  2. Kijima, Yoko & Ito, Yukinori & Otsuka, Keijiro, 2012. "Assessing the Impact of Training on Lowland Rice Productivity in an African Setting: Evidence from Uganda," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(8), pages 1610-1618.
  3. Jia, Xiangping, 2009. "Synergistic Green and White Revolution: Evidence from Kenya and Uganda," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 51367, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  4. Keijiro Otsuka, 2006. "Cluster-Based Industrial Development: A View From East Asia," The Japanese Economic Review, Japanese Economic Association, vol. 57(3), pages 361-376.

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