This book provides a synthesis of the key issues and challenges facing agriculture and food production in Southern Africa.

Southern Africa is facing numerous challenges from diverse issues such as agricultural transformations, growing populations, urbanization and climate change. These challenges place great pressure on food security, agriculture, water availability and other natural resources, as well as impacting biodiversity. Drawing on case studies from Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the chapters in this book consider these challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective, covering key areas in constraints to production, the most important building blocks of good farming practices, and established and emerging technologies. This book will be a valuable support for informing new policies and processes aimed at improving food production and security and developing sustainable agriculture in Southern Africa.

This informative volume will be key reading for those interested in agricultural science, African studies, rural studies, development studies and sustainability. It will also be a valuable resource for policymakers, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and agricultural practitioners.

This title has been made available as Open Access under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CCBY-NC-ND) license and can be accessed here: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429401701

part Part I|13 pages

Overview of Southern African agriculture

chapter 1|4 pages


ByRichard A. Sikora, Eugene R. Terry, Paul L.G. Vlek, Joyce Chitja
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chapter 2|7 pages

The strategic role of agriculture in the economic space of the Southern Africa region

ByElizabeth Ransom, Jennifer Cockerill, Elizabeth R. Weatherly
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part Part II|49 pages

Major drivers and constraints impacting agricultural transformation

chapter 3|10 pages

Twice as many people in 2050

The need for agricultural transformation in Southern Africa
ByReiner Klingholz
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chapter 4|9 pages

Climate change and the threat to food production in Southern Africa

ByPaul L.G. Vlek, Eugene R. Terry, Richard A. Sikora
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chapter 5|9 pages

Land rich but water poor

The prospects for agricultural intensification in Southern Africa
ByPaul L.G. Vlek, Lulseged Tamene, Janos Bogardi
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chapter 6|11 pages

The big giveaway

Farmers and biological constraints
ByRichard A. Sikora, Johnnie van den Berg, Erich-Christian Oerke
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chapter 7|8 pages

The impact of global and regional markets on agricultural transformation in Southern Africa

ByFerdi Meyer, Tracy Davids, Nick Vink
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part Part III|75 pages

Current technologies

chapter 8|10 pages

Soil fertility maintenance and nutrient management for agricultural transformation

ByBernard Vanlauwe, Pauline Chivenge, Shamie Zingore
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chapter 10|11 pages

Scaling climate-smart agriculture for agricultural transformation in Southern Africa

ByCaroline Mwongera, Christine Lamanna, Hannah N. Kamau, Evan Girvetz
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chapter 11|7 pages

Crop improvement for agricultural transformation in Southern Africa

ByHussein Shimelis, E.T. Gwata, Mark D. Laing
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chapter 12|10 pages

Integrated pest management in Southern Africa

Approaches and enabling policy issues
ByMark D. Laing, Hussein Shimelis
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chapter 13|10 pages

Options for improving stored product protection in Southern Africa

ByCornel Adler, Edson Ncube
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chapter 14|8 pages

Technology as a transformative tool in livestock production

ByAnnelin Molotsi, Tinyiko Edward Halimani, Phetogo I. Monau, Kennedy Dzama
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chapter 15|8 pages

Technologies for agricultural transformation

Animal health
ByDelia Grace
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part Part IV|74 pages

Emerging technologies

chapter 16|9 pages

Harnessing ecosystem services in transforming agriculture in Southern Africa

ByBarbara Gemmill-Herren, Florence Mtambanengwe, Paul Mapfumo, Gisèle L. Herren, Tlou S. Masehela, Philip C. Stevenson, Jeremy K. Herren
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chapter 17|9 pages

The role of mechanization in transformation of smallholder agriculture in Southern Africa

Experience from Zimbabwe
ByFrédéric Baudron, Raymond Nazare, Dorcas Matangi
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chapter 18|9 pages

Advanced genetic technologies for improving plant production

ByJennifer A. Thomson, Sylvester O. Oikeh, Idah Sithole-Niang, Leena Tripathi
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chapter 19|9 pages

Unleashing the power of vegetables and fruits in Southern Africa

ByThomas Dubois, Thibault Nordey, Umezuruike Linus Opara
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chapter 20|9 pages

Going digital

Harnessing the power of emerging technologies for the transformation of Southern African agriculture
ByHeike Baumüller, Muhammadou M.O. Kah
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chapter 21|10 pages

Reducing the impact of mycotoxigenic fungi on food safety and security in Southern Africa

ByJuliet Akello, George Mahuku, Lindy Rose, Altus Viljoen, Chikoye D. David, Pheneas Ntawuruhunga, Katati Bwalya, Ranajit Bandyopadhyay
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chapter 23|9 pages

Trees on farms and farmers in the forest

Good practices and a need for policy
ByIngrid Öborn, Rhett D. Harrison, Sileshi G. Weldesemayat
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part Part V|93 pages

Improving policies and processes

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chapter 25|9 pages

Engendering agricultural transformation

ByJoyce Chitja, Gabisile Mkhize
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chapter 26|10 pages

Building human capacity to transform agriculture in Southern Africa

ByAnusuya Rangarajan, Joyce Chitja
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chapter 27|8 pages

Urban markets and agricultural transformation in Southern Africa

ByThulasizwe Mkhabela
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chapter 28|8 pages

Importance of small rural markets in the transformation of Southern African agriculture

BySimphiwe Ngqangweni, Ndiadivha Tempia, Moses Herbert Lubinga
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chapter 29|13 pages

Agricultural growth corridors in sub-Saharan Africa – new hope for agricultural transformation and rural development?

The case of the Southern agricultural growth corridor of Tanzania
ByMichael Brüntrup
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chapter 30|9 pages

Policy options for cropping systems diversification in Southern Africa

ByGiuseppe Maggio, Nicholas J. Sitko
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chapter 32|10 pages

Changing farm structure in Africa

Implications on agricultural transformation in Southern Africa
ByMilu Muyanga, Thomas S. Jayne
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chapter 33|10 pages

Food security in Africa

A complex issue requiring new approaches to scientific evidence and quantitative analysis
ByMario Giampietro
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part Part VI|5 pages


chapter 34|3 pages

The way forward

The editors
ByRichard A. Sikora, Eugene R. Terry, Paul L.G. Vlek, Joyce Chitja
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