Monday, June 21, 2010
How can African agriculture be more productive? | Katine | guardian.co.uk
Better roads and irrigation would help, but there is no one silver bullet to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa
One of the first things that strikes you in Katine, in north-east Uganda, as you move around the sub-county is how much land seems to be lying fallow. The area could not be described as intensively farmed. Then, of course, the plots of land on which people subsist seem tiny – not much bigger than a generous allotment. Another puzzle is that farmers rely on unpredictable rains and often lose crops to drought, yet Katine borders Lake Kyoga, a huge lake. A fifth of Uganda's landmass is covered by lakes and swamps, yet there is very little irrigation. More...