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Farming Systems and Food Security in Africa: Priorities for Science and Policy under Global Change

Date released
01 January 2020

Edited by John Dixon, Dennis P. Garrity, Jean-Marc Boffa, Timothy O. Williams, Tilahun Amede, with Christopher Auricht, Rosemary Lott, George Mburathi


Knowledge of Africa’s complex farming systems, set in their socio-economic and environmental context, is an essential ingredient to developing effective strategies for improving food and nutrition security. Illustrated with full-colour maps and photographs, this book provides a comprehen­sive and insightful analysis which describes the characteristics, trends, drivers of change and strategic priorities for each of Africa’s 15 farming systems and their main subsystems. It shows how a farming-systems perspective can be used to identify pathways to household food security and pov­erty reduction, and how strategic interventions may need to differ from one farming system to another.

The motivation and conceptualisation for this farming systems analysis was provided by John Dixon, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and Dennis Garrity, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), who set out to update and deepen the FAO-World Bank global analysis of farming systems in an earlier book published in 2001, Farming Systems and Poverty: improving farmers' livelihoods in a changing world.

The book is published by Routledge and available in hardcopy, eBook and online. For more information on this book, visit the ICRAF website

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