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

  • Keijiro Otsuka


    (Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Tokyo)

  • Takashi Yamano

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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  1. Haggblade, Steven, ed., 2004. "Building on successes in African agriculture:," 2020 vision focus 12, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  2. Gabre-Madhin, Eleni Z. & Haggblade, Steven, 2003. "Successes in African agriculture," MSSD discussion papers 53, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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