KARI-ETC-LEI Insmap Report NO.KE 01 2002

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2002
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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Economics of many sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries are founded on Agriculture. However, the agricultural sector in SSA continued to face major challenges as the engine of development especially in the face of declining per Capita food production, rising levels of malnutrition and increased food insecurity over nearly three decades. While the causes of this negative trend are complex emerging evidence point to the fact that declining soil fertility, lack of rubustness in agricultural technology development and extension approaches and inadequacies in addressing policy concerns and farmers socio-economic and biophysical environment are some of the prime underlying causes for this trend. Reversing the trend begs for mew approaches in agricultural technology development and diffusion which take cognizance of farmer knowledge and biophysical and socio-economic circumstance.
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