This book provides a synthesis of the key issues and challenges facing agriculture and food production in Southern Africa. Southern Africa is facing numerous challenges ranging from diverse issues such as the processes of agricultural transformation, growing populations, urbanization, environmental degradation and climate change. These challenges place great pressure on food security, agriculture, water availability and other natural resources, as well as impacting biodiversity.
Drawing on case studies from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as other countries in Africa, the chapters in this book consider these challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective, covering key areas from constraints to improved production or the most important building blocks of good farming practices, as well as both established and emerging technologies.
Furthermore, the chapters in the book offers valuable support for development of new policies and processes aimed at improving food production and security and developing sustainable agriculture in Southern Africa.
This informative volume will be key reading for those interested in agricultural science, African studies, rural studies, development studies and sustainability. It will also be a valuable resource for policymakers, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and agricultural practitioners.