New Journal Paper on fertilizer and sustainable intensification in Sub-Saharan Africa

The paper "Fertilizer and sustainable intensification in Sub-Saharan Africa" written by Stein T. Holden has been published in the Global Food Security.

New Journal Paper on fertilizer and sustainable intensification in Sub-Saharan Africa

The paper is published as a New Journal Paper and can be downloaded here.

Abstract of the paper
The paper investigates the important role of fertilizer to enhance sustainable intensification and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) based on a multi-disciplinary literature review. The review starts with a macro-perspective taking population growth, economic development and climate change into account. This is complemented with a micro-perspective summarizing findings from comprehensive micro-data in selected African countries. Agronomic, environmental and economic profitability implications of fertilizer use are reviewed. The poor but efficient hypothesis is assessed in light of recent evidence in behavioral economics. Is low fertilizer use due to hard constraints farmers face or partly due to irrational behavior, and what are the policy implications? Two policy approaches, input subsidy and productive safety net programs, are reviewed and their potential roles to enhance sustainable intensification and nutrient use efficiency in SSA agriculture are discussed before I conclude.

Published 16. July 2018 - 9:28 - Updated 16. July 2018 - 9:28