Conservation agriculture and sustainable development in Africa: insights from Tanzania

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dc.description.abstract In recent years, conservation agriculture (CA) has been increasingly promoted as the best solution to sustainable agricultural development in Africa. Proponents argue that it offers increased yields, reduced labour requirements, improved soil fertility and climate mitigation benefits. At the same time, a growing number of scholars have questioned its promises, impacts and applicability to small, resource-poor African farmers. To add to the debate, this paper draws on fieldwork from two case study villages in the Lindi region of Tanzania. It scrutinizes CA farmer field schools' performances, the impact on villagers' perceptions of core principles and socio-economic/institutional constraints related to its adoption. It demonstrates how farmer field schools failed to meet initial expectations because of challenges associated with economic benefits, labour demand, availability and accessibility of inputs, infrastructure, governance, and stakeholder relations. It argues that the applicability to and adoption of CA depends on the transformation of individual perceptions as well as structural constraints, including credit facilities, markets for inputs, infrastructure and availability of labour, which has long been a limitation of donor-initiated programmes. Under constraining socio-economic and institutional conditions, questions continue to loom large over the long-term applicability of CA to African smallholder farmers. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject TANZANIA en
dc.subject AGRICULTURE en
dc.subject CONSERVATION en
dc.title Conservation agriculture and sustainable development in Africa: insights from Tanzania en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 41(4) en
dc.BudgetYear 2016/17 en
dc.ResearchGroup Economic Perfomance and Development en
dc.SourceTitle Natural Resources Forum en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9708 en
dc.URL en
dc.PageNumber 209-219 en
dc.outputnumber 8599 en
dc.bibliographictitle Scheba, A. (2017) Conservation agriculture and sustainable development in Africa: insights from Tanzania. Natural Resources Forum. 41(4):209-219. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Scheba, A. en

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