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Agricultural mechanization in sub-Saharan Africa: time for a new look

Time for a new look

This examines the role of agricultural mechanization in the agricultural and economic development of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The paper argues that the time is ripe to reconsider the potential of mechanization and the priority that needs to be given to it by African governments and developmental agencies. If efforts to promote and support mechanization in SSA are to receive greater attention then it is essential to rethink the nature of mechanization and how it can be accelerated. The paper suggests that successful and sustainable mechanization should not be established by direct public sector provision of mechanical technologies and services but rather through creating an enabling environment for private sector engagement. It concludes by making the case that efforts to accelerate mechanization in SSA will require substantial long-term political and financial commitments in order to effectively respond to the new challenges facing the continent.

Subject:
      Agricultural mechanization strategy (AMS)
AGS main series:
  Agricultural Management, Marketing and Finance Occasional Papers
Author:
  Geoffrey C. Mrema, David Kahan and Doyle Baker
Publisher:
  FAO
Issue Number:
  22
Year:
  2008
Language:
  English
URL (link to the individual doc/info):
  ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/011/i0219e/i0219e00.pdf