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2020, Vol.7, Issue.4

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The cover image depicts an African mother and her four children all working very hard in their homestead field. Low productivity due to poor soil fertility is one of the major limiting factors for food security in Africa. Smallholders do their best to use all possible measures to increase crop productivity to help feed their families. However, the situation is still not optimistic. Most smallholders in Africa cannot easily get support from multi-stakeholder platforms, often meaning their efforts are in vain. Many African mothers imagine that if one day they could build their farming capacity with the support of multi-stakeholder platforms, like Chinese farmers do, they would no longer have to worry about their children going hungry. The Science and Technology Backyard model in China has provided adaptive technologies and knowledge transfer to empower smallholders with the cooperation of government, enterprises, knowledge hubs and farming communities. This model is providing important opportunities for achieving sustainable agriculture in Africa.

Contents Volume 7 · Issue 4 · 2020. Pages 366-530 19 articles

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EDITORIAL

Exploring solutions for sustainable agriculture with “green” and “development” tags in Africa

Felix D. DAKORA, Jianbo SHEN, Fusuo ZHANG, Xiaoqiang JIAO

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 363-365 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020356

Abstract 389 PDF 31

Sustainable intensification of agriculture is key to feeding Africa in the 21st century

Shenggen FAN

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 366-370 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020342

Abstract 365 PDF 22

Sustainable intensification of agriculture in Africa

Antonius G.T. SCHUT, Ken E. GILLER

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 371-375 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020357

Abstract 597 PDF 18

Sustainable intensification of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa: first things first!

Bernard VANLAUWE, Achim DOBERMANN

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 376-382 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020351

Abstract 537 PDF 40

Sustainable intensification of African agriculture: a necessity, but not yet a reality

Bruno GÉRARD

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 383-389 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020361

Abstract 278 PDF 16

REVIEW

Science and Technology Backyard model: implications for sustainable agriculture in Africa

Xiaoqiang JIAO, Derara Sori FEYISA, Jasper KANOMANYANGA, Ngula David MUTTENDANGO, Shingirai MUDARE, Amadou NDIAYE, Bilisuma KABETO, Felix Dapare DAKORA, Fusuo ZHANG

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 390-400 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020360

Abstract 536 PDF 25

LETTER

Toward sustainable intensification of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa

Andreas BUERKERT, Eva SCHLECHT

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 401-405 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020341

Abstract 402 PDF 11

RESEARCH ARTICLE

A potential solution for food security in Kenya: implications of the Quzhou model in China

Xiaoqiang JIAO, Jianbo SHEN, Fusuo ZHANG

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 406-417 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020359

Abstract 441 PDF 25

Innovative agricultural extension value chain-based models for smallholder African farmers

Bidjokazo FOFANA, Leonides HALOS-KIM, Mercy AKEREDOLU, Ande OKIROR, Kebba SIMA, Deola NAIBAKELAO, Mel OLUOCH, Fumiko ISEKI

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 418-426 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020358

Abstract 559 PDF 28

Agricultural extension approach: evidence from an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Project in Ethiopia

Gerba LETA, Steffen SCHULZ, Girum GETACHEW ALEMU

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 427-439 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020331

Abstract 381 PDF 20

REVIEW

Chinese agricultural technology transfer to African typical dry areas: practice and experience

Qiuxia MENG, Jianjie ZHANG, Wenyan XIE, Huaiping ZHOU, Qiang ZHANG

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 440-454 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020353

Abstract 349 PDF 14

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Symbiotic performance, shoot biomass and water-use efficiency of three groundnut (

Sofiya K. MUHABA, Felix D. DAKORA

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 455-466 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020354

Abstract 313 PDF 22

Ecological security evaluation of Africa

Huihui WEI, Wenjuan ZHANG, Feng ZHANG, Guojun SUN

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 467-477 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020320

Abstract 460 PDF 16

An optimized solar-air degree-day method to evaluate energy demand for poultry buildings in different climate zones

Yang WANG, Baoming LI

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 478-489 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2019289

Abstract 458 PDF 14

Comparison of evapotranspiration and energy partitioning related to main biotic and abiotic controllers in vineyards using different irrigation methods

Lei GAO, Peng ZHAO, Shaozhong KANG, Sien LI, Ling TONG, Risheng DING, Hongna LU

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 490-504 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2019310

Abstract 349 PDF 13

A comparison of the biological activities of ethyl acetate fractions from the stems and leaves of

Zhaolei WANG, Kai JIANG, Qinchao DING, Shujun LIU, Xiaobing DOU, Bin DING

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 505-512 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2019271

Abstract 374 PDF 11

Optimizing hairy root production from explants of

Zhaogui YAN, Shengyu LIU, Junlian ZHANG, Guan HUANG, Lijun DUAN, Yaomei YE

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 513-522 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2019272

Abstract 371 PDF 13

Characterization of grain cadmium concentration in indica hybrid rice

Kai WANG, Qunfeng ZHOU, Tianze YAN, Shilong XU, Longyi ZHAO, Weicheng WANG, Zhigang JIN, Peng QIN, Chenjian FU, Liangbi CHEN, Yuanzhu YANG

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 523-529 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2019281

Abstract 529 PDF 13

ERRATUM

Highlights of special issue on “Sustainable Phosphorus Use in Agri-Food System”

Hans LAMBERS, Lixing YUAN, Xuejun LIU

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 4,   Pages 530-530 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2019316

Abstract 461 PDF 22