Poverty, Agriculture and the Environment: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa

Pingali, P. and Schneider, K. and Zurek, M. (2014) Poverty, Agriculture and the Environment: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa. In: Marginality: Addressing the Nexus of Poverty, Exclusion. Springer, Netherlands, pp. 151-168. ISBN 978-94-007-7061-4

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Marginal areas of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have historically offered low productivity potential and low returns on investments in agricultural productivity growth. Population and agricultural market dynamics in Africa are improving the prospects for productivity-enhancing investments in this environment. In this chapter the authors introduce an opportunity cost framework to demonstrate where agricultural development is now an opportune strategy to reduce marginality in SSA and to guide strategic priority setting for public investment for the sustainable improvement of agricultural productivity. It then lays out policy and technology priorities for sustainable development of marginal production environments

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Opportunity costs, Priority setting, Investments, Yield gaps, Agricultural productivity growth,
Author Affiliation: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA, USA
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2013 14:37
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2013 05:46
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7061-4_10
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/11539

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