How much can Africa learn from Asia about agricultural mechanization?

HOW MUCH CAN AFRICA LEARN FROM ASIA ABOUT AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION?

February 2, 2021

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February 9, 2021 - 09:30 - 10:30 AM EST

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Agricultural mechanization in Africa south of the Sahara — especially for small farms and businesses — requires a new paradigm to meet the needs of the continent’s evolving farming systems. Can Asia, with its recent success in adopting mechanization, offer a model for Africa? The book An Evolving Paradigm of Agricultural Mechanization Development analyzes the experiences of eight Asian and five African countries. The authors explore crucial government roles in boosting and supporting mechanization, from import policies to promotion policies to public good policies.

Join us to hear from the authors and discussants on the book’s recommendations and insights, which are beneficial to national policymakers and the development community who can adapt this knowledge to local contexts and use it as a foundation for further research.

Book overview

  • Xinshen Diao, Deputy Division Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division, and Theme Leader, Agricultural Transformation, IFPRI
  • Hiroyuki Takeshima, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
  • Xiaobo Zhang, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Discussants

  • Geoffrey C. Mrema, Professor, Department of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • Thomas Daum, Research fellow, Institute of Agricultural Science in the Tropics, University of Hohenheim

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Work on this book was undertaken under PIM's Flagship 2: Economywide Factors Affecting Agricultural Growth and Rural Transformation. Book editors - Xinshen Diao and Hiroyuki Takeshima - are members of the Flagship 2 leadership team.  

The publication of the book was financially supported by PIM, USAID, and ReSAKSS-Asia.

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