Integrated Farm Management Practices and Upscaling the Impact for Increased Productivity of Rainfed Systems uri icon


  • Most countries in the world depend primarily onrainfed agriculture for their food grains. Despitelarge strides made in improving productivity andenvironmental conditions in many developingcountries, more than 850 million poor people inAfrica and Asia still face poverty, hunger, foodinsecurity and malnutrition, where rainfed agricultureis the main agricultural activity. Althoughthe importance of rainfed agriculture variesregionally, it produces most food for poorcommunities in developing countries (Rockströmet al., 2007; also see Chapter 1, this volume).These problems are exacerbated by adversebiophysical growing conditions and the poorsocio-economic infrastructure in many areas inthe semi-arid tropics (SAT). The SAT is home to38% of the developing countries? poor, 75% ofwhom live in rural areas. Over 45% of the world?shungry and more than 70% of its malnourishedchildren live in the SAT

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  • 2009