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Can Agricultural Intensification Stop Cropland Expansion in sub-Saharan Africa?
Sectors:Agriculture and Livelihoods
This document challenges the assumption that agricultural intensification will enable sub-Saharan Africa to achieve food self-sufficiency. Using a land-use focus, it argues that future increases in the region’s food demand will lead to further deforestation, as cropland expands into natural habitats. It points out several risks related to cropland expansion and proposes strategies to mitigate these risks in food security programs.