Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization

Contribution of farm power to smallholder livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa

This report is the most detailed yet of the work being carried out on this issue and examines the farm-level development of the availability of human power, draught animals and motorized power. Although the availability of these sources of power affects almost all aspects of living, this report focuses on their availability and use for the cultivation of agricultural land. It examines the vulnerability of farm-power systems and the interrelations between farm-power options (hand labour, draught animals, and tractors) as well as the overall farm power and labour base.

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Agricultural and Food Engineering Technical Report
farm power, smallholder, livelihoods, sub-Saharan Africa