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Multifunctional Agriculture by Roger Leakey

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Chapter 39

Toward Multifunctional Agriculture – An African Initiative

R.R.B. Leakey and R. Prabhu*

Abstract

Sustainable Intensification is especially important in Africa where the need is greatest. We present eleven targets for action, paying specific attention to the needs of poor smallholder farmers in Africa. We describe multi-cropping systems integrating new crops developed from culturally-important traditional food species that intensify and enhance the productivity of smallholder farms by reducing the yield gap and providing multiple environmental, social and economic benefits. These include energy security and the creation of new local business and employment opportunities off-farm. We describe the integration of relatively simple activities ...

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