TitleDemand for products of irrigated agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa
Year2007
ISBN9789251055816
Job NumberA0736/E
Number in series31
Series titleFAO Water Reports
LanguageEn
Number of pages140
Price US$$45.00
If irrigated production is to make a significant contribution to food security and economic growth in Sub Saharan Africa, it will have to be re-structured across the region as a whole. This is the main conclusion of a study undertaken by FAO to analyse the drivers of demand for irrigated production in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Steeply rising commercial food import bills for staple crops across SSA are indicative of the level demand that is not being met from domestic production. The increase of area under equipped/spate irrigation for the whole of Africa over the last ten years amounts to 1.27 million ha, which is equal to about 127 000 ha a year. This rate of growth has proved too low to have an impact on food import bills and buffer regional food security. However, within subregional trading groups there is scope for consolidation of market supply. Irrigated production opportunities in SSA could be realised where natural resources and markets coincide, but only through a great deal more attention to costs of production, price formation, effective water allocation mechanisms, economically efficient water use and strong, responsive institutions.
Electronic version

For orders of FAO Publications please contact

For North, Central and South America
Stylus Publishing, LLC
Tel : +1-800.232.0223
Fax : +1-703.661.1501 f
StylusMail@PressWarehouse.com
For all other countries
Eurospan Group Customer Services (at Turpin Distribution)
Tel: +44(0)1767 604972
Fax: +44(0)1767 601640
eurospan@turpin-distribution.com
or:info@eurospangroup.com