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Author Houmy, Karim.
Title Agricultural mechanization in sub-Saharan Africa : guidelines for preparing a strategy / by Karim Houmy [and three others].
Imprint Rome : Plant Production and Protection Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2013.

Author Houmy, Karim.
Series Integrated crop management, 1020-4555 ; 22-2013
Integrated crop management (Rome, Italy) ; v. 22.
Subject Farm mechanization -- Africa.
Agricultural machinery -- Africa.
Description 1 online resource (105 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 85-86).
Note Print version record.
Contents FOREWORD -- ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -- CONTENTS -- LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES -- INTRODUCTION -- CHAPTER 1 Agricultural mechanization strategy formulation: Definitions and principles -- 1.1 INTRODUCTION -- 1.2 SOME TERMINOLOGY USED IN AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION 1.2.1 Agricultural mechanization -- 1.2.2 The different levels of agricultural mechanization -- 1.3 SCOPE OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION -- 1.4 AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT -- 1.5 FORMULATING A STRATEGY FOR AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION -- 1.5.1 Formulation of a strategy: A general definition
1.5.2 The purpose of formulating a strategy for agricultural mechanization1.5.3 Approaches to formulating an agricultural mechanization strategy -- CHAPTER 2 Overview of agricultural mechanization in Sub-Saharan African countries -- 2.1 INTRODUCTION -- 2.2 THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN COUNTRIES -- 2.3 THE CURRENT STATUS OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN COUNTRIES -- 2.4 FACTORS LEADING TO LOW LEVELS OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION -- 2.5 DETERMINANTS OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION: LOW DEMAND
2.5.1 Unfavourable physical environment2.5.2 Unfavourable business environment -- 2.5.3 Inadequate and insufficient infrastructure -- 2.5.4 Lack of farmer skills -- 2.6 CONSTRAINTS ON THE PRIVATE SECTOR -- 2.6.1 Agricultural machinery importation and distribution -- 2.6.2 Manufacturing of farm tools and machinery -- 2.6.3 Maintenance and repair services -- 2.6.4 Hire services -- 2.7 NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION DEVELOPMENT -- CHAPTER 3 Fundamental requirements for the development of agricultural mechanization -- 3.1 INTRODUCTION
3.2 FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION DEVELOPMENT3.3 INCREASING THE DEMAND FOR AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION -- 3.3.1 Financing investment in agricultural mechanization -- 3.3.2 Capacity building -- 3.3.3 Development of local organizations -- 3.4 INCREASING AND DIVERSIFYING THE SUPPLY OF AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY -- 3.4.1 The manufacturing level -- 3.4.2 Importation -- 3.4.3 Machinery contract hire -- 3.5 CREATING AN ENABLING BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT -- 3.5.1 Exchange rates -- 3.5.2 Price intervention -- 3.5.3 Policies on land tenure
3.5.4 Infrastructure policy3.6 STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT -- 3.6.1 Public sector departments of mechanization -- 3.6.2 Research and development -- 3.6.3 Testing -- 3.6.4 Extension -- 3.6.5 Education and training -- CHAPTER 4 Strategy formulation: Process and tools -- 4.1 INTRODUCTION -- 4.2 PRE-CONDITIONS FOR THE FORMULATION OF A MECHANIZATION STRATEGY -- 4.3 STEPS TO BE TAKEN -- 4.4 PREPARATION -- 4.4.1 Institutional location -- 4.4.2 Designation of a Project Coordinator -- 4.4.3 Establishment of a Project Team
Summary "The manual work carried out by farmers and their families is often both arduous and time consuming and in many countries this is a major constraint to increasing agricultural production. Such day to day drudgery is a major contributory factor in the migration of people, particularly the young, from the rural countryside to seek the prospect of a better life in the towns and cities. Farm production can be substantially increased through the use of mechanical technologies which are both labour saving and directly increase yields and production. The necessary inputs are carefully selected tools, machines, and equipment. Such technological interventions are commonly referred to as agricultural mechanization and a judicious choice is crucial for farmers to achieve optimum profitability from their businesses and to attain an acceptable quality of life for themselves and their families. The choice can also have a major impact on the environment; only the use of those which have a positive effect can be sustainable over the long term. It is therefore important to identify appropriate mechanization strategies with particular emphasis on increased production, farmers' livelihoods, and environmentally sustainable options. This document provides guidelines on the development and formulation of an agricultural mechanization strategy and forms part of FAO's approach on sustainable production intensification."--Publisher's description.
ISBN 9789251077634 (electronic bk.)
9251077630 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 868923679
Additional Format Print version: Agricultural mechanization in sub-Saharan Africa : guidelines for preparing a strategy. Rome : Plant Production and Protection Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2013 xiv, 93 pages : illustrations (some color) Integrated crop management ; 22-2013 9789251077627 (OCoLC)857217872

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