Accelerating food production
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CTA. 1988. Accelerating food production. Spore 18. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Mellor, J.W et al (eds.), 1987. Accelerating Food Production in sub-Saharan Africa. John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 417 pp. (UKL 31.05)
There are certain key issues which - for the foreseeable future - will undeniably remain central to policy formation in African food production. These issues were the subject of consideration at a conference in 1983 held at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The proceedings have only recently been published, and the protracted elapse of time has allowed the editors to marshall their own conclusions based on the evidence presented and, to a certain extent, update their own perception of the issues. The editors have organized the 27 conference papers thematically, and there are five sections dealing with: defining the problem of accelerating African food production; technology development; support systems; food policy in national development strategies; and donor assistance strategies. Some of the strongest conclusions drawn concern policy formulation. It is argued that the ability of national governments to act on their own behalf has been undermined by donors' involvement. The acceleration of food production is possible, but through the smallholder sector, which entails a complete re-think of public sector funding. Recommendations on priorities are by function (fertilizer, agricultural research, rural infrastructure, human capital) and by region and commodity. Governments have to be convinced urgently of the need to increase allocations to the feed sector, and thus in the short term resources must be channelled into high-potential areas which will produce quick results. It is undoubtedly the wide range and volume of evidence presented in support of these conclusions that makes this a unique publication. Mellor, J.W et al (eds.), 1987. Accelerating Food Production in sub-Saharan Africa. John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 417 pp. (UKL 31.05)