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African Land Ecology: Opportunities and Constraints for Agricultural Development

  • R. L. Voortman
  • B. G. J. S. Sonneveld
  • M. A. Keyzer

Current agriculture in Sub-Sahara Africa is undeveloped and the Green Revolution has left the continent largely untouched. Poor performance is often related to a number of socio-economic factors. In this paper we argue that there are also some specifities of natural resources, namely local homogeneity and spatial diversity of the pre-dominant Basement Complex soils, that imply that simple fertilizer strategies may not produce the yield increases obtained elsewhere. Keywords: Sub-Sahara Africa, Agro-Ecology, Land use, Land resources, Basement Complex, Green Revolution, Micronutrients, Fertilizer Policy

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Paper provided by Center for International Development at Harvard University in its series CID Working Papers with number 37.

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Handle: RePEc:wop:cidhav:37
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