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Access to mechanization for smallholder farmers in Africa

Code: 9781786769602
O. A. Fatunbi and R. Kombat, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Ghana

Chapter synopsis: Agricultural mechanization is vital to achieving sustainable livelihood, food security and national development. Mechanization is pertinent for Africa where the predominant production system remains the smallholder’s system. The use of technologies from the West continue to face lots of constraints despite investment. The recent two-wheel tractors imported from Asia is also problematic. This chapter reports a synthesis on the pros and cons of the smallholder mechanization in Africa; it used key informant discussion for case studies on appropriate mechanization and access of smallholder to it in Africa. The study showed that the larger percentage of the smallholders prefers to use mechanization but are limited because of availability of appropriate machines, the cost of owing and maintaining the machines and also the profitability of the smallholding farm enterprise where machines are used. Facilitating good access will require institutional change on access to land, supportive training policies and investments.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0080.08
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Key issues in smallholder agricultural mechanization in Africa 3 The demand for mechanization by smallholder farmers in Africa 4 The role of smallholders mechanization in attaining the desired future for agriculture in Africa 5 Barriers to successful mechanization of the smallholder’s system in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) 6 Land holding and the use of tractors in smallholder systems in Africa 7 Leveraging mechanization for the development of the commodity value chain 8 Timeliness of field operations and utilization rates of machines in smallholder systems 9 The growth of medium-scale farms and access to mechanization 10 Manufacturing of agricultural machineries in Africa 11 The use of animal traction in the mechanization of smallholder systems in Africa 12 Recommendations for enhancing smallholder access to mechanization in Africa 13 Conclusion 14 References

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