Could Food Insecure Africa Have Found a Saviour in Farming God’s Way?

argylesock says… I wasn’t going to read this article, because I don’t believe in God. But lots of people do, and anyway the ideas now labelled ‘Farming God’s Way’ sound very sensible.

The Plantwise Blog

Proponents term it the long awaited messiah that food-insecure Africa has been yearning for! ‘Farming God’s way’ promises to end fertilizer woes of resource-poor farmers in the continent by providing a cheaper and less labour intensive farming method.

Food security remains the number one major challenge that citizens across the African continent contend with. While the Green Revolution of the 1960s allowed erstwhile food deficient regions of Asia and Latin America to triple crop yields, food production in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has remained stagnant and in many instances it has even declined. According to IFPRI, among the factors fuelling the continent’s low agricultural outputs include poor resource endowments, minimal use of inputs (fertilizer, improved seeds and irrigation) and adverse policies undermining agriculture. Additionally, continuing environmental degradation, crop pests, high population growth and low levels of investment in agricultural infrastructure has further aggravated the resource limitations of agriculture in Africa.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Could Food Insecure Africa Have Found a Saviour in Farming God’s Way?

  1. Finn says:

    That seems to make a lot of sense for poor farmers in the developing world. But I’m a tad confused here, aren’t the ‘methods of God’ the same conventional methods that have been used by farmers the world over up until around a century or two ago?

    • argylesock says:

      Yes, to my eyes they look exactly the same! Perhaps the phrase ‘God’s Way’ is simply to say ‘Back to the Land’ in a culturally appropriate way.

      I found it interesting that this article described the 1960s Green Revolution as having been a great success in Asia and South America, but not in Africa.

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