Renewable Energy Development in Africa

Proceedings of the African Energy Programme Conference, 25–29 March 1985, Mauritius, Volume 1

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Food Self Sufficiency and Energy Related Constraints in Sub Saharan Africa - Critical Review

Agricultural production in a selected number of countries in Sub Saharan Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) over the past decade is reviewed. With the exception of Zimbabwe, agricultural production has in most of these countries relied on hand tool technology and is mostly rainfed agriculture. The adoption of a more settled type of agriculture in place of the shifting type of agriculture will undoubtedly necessitate increased utilisation of support energy inputs such as fertilisers, pesticides and machinery which may be beyond the capacities of these countries and the international aid programmes.


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