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Is muscle or machine the future of agriculture in Africa? | Maritz Africa

curated by | November 20, 2015

“But mechanisation is no panacea: If not done right, it can potentially burden small farmers with machines they can’t afford or maintain and tools that eliminate jobs and disempower wage earners. It can also harm the environment by increasing pressure on fragile natural resources, driving soil erosion and compaction, prompting overuse of chemical inputs and encouraging farmers to farm lands that currently serve as valuable forest and rangelands. So any sort of move towards mechanisation will have to be done in a careful, considered way to ensure that it brings positive, rather than negative, outcomes.”

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