Mecanización Agrícola Sostenible

Agricultural mechanization. A key input for sub-Saharan African smallholders

This paper is specifically about agricultural mechanisation: the opportunities provided by mechanisation for intensifying production in a sustainable manner, in value addition and agri-food value chain development, as well as the inherent opportunities implied for improved local economies and livelihoods. The establishment of viable business enterprises agro-processors, transport services, and so forth as a result of increased agricultural mechanisation in rural areas, is crucial to creating employment and income opportunities and, thereby, enhancing the demand for farm produce. Mechanisation plays a key role in enabling the growth of commercial agri-food systems and the efficiency of post-harvest handling, processing and marketing operations, and as such can be a major determinant in the availability and accessibility of food, the food prices paid by urban and rural poor, as well as contributing to increased household food security.

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Integrated Crop Management Series
sub-Saharan African; mechanization; family farms; family farming; smallholders; gender; women's participation; sustainable agriculture; hand tools; power tools; crop yield; intensification;