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Precision agriculture research in sub-Saharan Africa countries: a systematic map

Nyaga, Justine M. and Onyango, Cecilia M. and Wetterlind, Johanna and Söderström, Mats (2021). Precision agriculture research in sub-Saharan Africa countries: a systematic map. Precision Agriculture. 22 , 1217-1236
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Precision agriculture (PA) has a huge potential for growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), but it faces a number of social-economic and technological challenges. This study sought to map existing PA research and application in SSA countries following the methodology for systematic mapping in environmental sciences. After screening for relevance, the initial about 7715 articles was reduced to 128. Results show that most of the studies were conducted in countries with socio-economic and technological advancement, mainly South Africa followed by Nigeria and Kenya. The studies were conducted at various scales ranging from field to country level with field scale studies being the most common. Most studies were conducted in relatively small farms typical of most farmlands in SSA. Studies done in relatively large farms are fewer, and such farms would likely belong to a few organisations and individuals with high economic capacity. Many of these studies have been conducted by researchers from outside SSA and a combination of researchers from within and outside SSA. However, based on authorship of the articles, it appears that most of the studies conducted in SSA on precision agriculture have either involved or depended on non-African researchers. It is concluded that there have been significant strides towards use of precision agriculture in SSA. However, with about 21 countries having no research done, there exists greater potential for precision agriculture in the region. Besides, there is need for more research to investigate the low usage of precision agriculture for livestock management.

Authors/Creators:Nyaga, Justine M. and Onyango, Cecilia M. and Wetterlind, Johanna and Söderström, Mats
Title:Precision agriculture research in sub-Saharan Africa countries: a systematic map
Series Name/Journal:Precision Agriculture
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:22
Page range:1217-1236
Number of Pages:20
Publisher:SPRINGER
ISSN:1385-2256
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Keywords:Precision agriculture, Remote sensing, Sensors, GIS, Climate smart agriculture, Sub-Saharan Africa
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110412
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110412
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s11119-020-09780-w
Web of Science (WoS)000607968000001
ID Code:24787
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
(S) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:02 Jul 2021 12:25
Metadata Last Modified:02 Jul 2021 12:31

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