An evolving paradigm of agricultural mechanization development: How much can Africa learn from Asia?

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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? 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


  • 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