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Towards a Specific Post-harvest Loss Management Policy and Strategy for Mozambique

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2014
This study consider ways to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers to engage in post-harvest management policy making processes in Mozambique. The policies and strategies approved by the government of Mozambique for the agricultural, industry, science and technology sectors refer to the importance of reducing post-harvest losses (PHL) as one of the major strategies for poverty alleviation...

Scaling-up Promising Post-Harvest Technologies by Implementing Cost-Effective Policy Actions in the National Agricultural Policy Framework (PSRSA) in Benin

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2015
The level of PHLs in Sub-Saharan Africa is comparable to a devastating disease. Although PHLs are compromising farmers' food security and development, most of them pay little attention to the phenomenon. This policy brief will highlight the importance of PHLs and the main constraints to the adoption of PHM technologies followed by a discussion on scaling-up promising technologies....

The Role of Targeting in Service Delivery to Vulnerable Populations - The FANRPAN Household Vulnerability Index (HVI) A Synthesis of Three Country Reports

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2009
"The objective of the HVI pilot study conducted in Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe was to further develop and test the HVI as a statistical tool for quantifying household vulnerability resulting from shocks such as HIV and AIDS. Key outputs from the study were a refined method for constructing the HVI and a computerized tool for its computation. This computerized HVI tool enables wider use...

True Contribution of Agriculture to Economic Development and Poverty Reduction in Malawi: Who Needs to Know What?

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2009
"The contribution of agriculture to economic development is enormous, as evidenced by the favourable direct and indirect impacts of agricultural growth and investment on Malawi’s economy, in terms of national income, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates and other macro economic variables. Following the Maputo declaration, expenditure on agriculture increased, entailing recognition by...

The Status of Agricultural Water Use, Access, and Productivity in the Limpopo Basin - Opportunities for Poverty Alleviation

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2010
"The Limpopo River Basin is home to 14,000,000 people, at least half of whom live in rural areas. Over ten million South Africans live in the basin - nearly 25% of the national population. The remaining population live in Botswana - one million people, nearly 60% of the national population - Mozambique and Zimbabwe. While there are no major cities located on the river, several major urban...

Policies for Enhanced Fisheries Productivity and Security

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2010
Fisheries contribute at least $10 billion to African economies annually. In countries such as Angola, Egypt and Namibia, fisheries are the vital economic activities. The fisheries industry is also a solution to food security, especially since fish and fish products offer a good source of protein. The SADC region has an abundance of fish. This translates to being a food source, a livelihood and an...

Gender Dimensions of Science and Technology African Women in Agriculture

"African governments and international partners have made a commitment to women’s and girls’ access and participation to science and technology. This paper will concern itself specifically with the plight of African women in agriculture because they comprise approximately 70% of sub-Saharan agricultural workers, and also account for about 80% of food processors. While more women than men are...

Policies for Enhanced Livestock Productivity and Wealth Creation in a Changing Climate

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2010
Agriculture in Africa is changing rapidly. Agriculture and livestock systems are among the most climate sensitive economic sectors. The sector employs between 70 and 90 per cent of the total labour force in Africa and supplies up to 50 per cent of household food requirements and household incomes. In pastoral and agro-pastoral systems, livestock are key assets for poor people, providing multiple...

The E-Voucher - A Feasible Option for Implementing the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP)

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2012
The government has been implementing a farmer input subsidy known as Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) which involved distribution of subsidized fertilizer and seed to smallholder farmers. The aim was to increase agricultural productivity, rural incomes, food security and to assist in the development of the input markets. This programme however had very little impact on agricultural...

Engaging Youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2012
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has a unique population profile, with 44% of its population under the age of 15 in 2006, making it the youngest region of the world. Agriculture employs 65% of Africa’s labour force and accounts for 32% of gross domestic product. However, climate change exacerbates the low performing smallholder agriculture sector across Africa. Young Africans are therefore the key to...

Will Zimbabwe Lift the Ban on DTZ-OZGEO Mining Activities Along Mutare River in Penhalonga?

Publisher: Centre for Research and Development (CRD)
Published: 2015
DTZ-OZGEO is a partnership between the Development Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ) and a Russian registered company called Econedra. Vice President Dr. Joshua Nkomo initiated the set up of DTZ in 1989 with the vision of ensuring that Zimbabweans become active participants in development projects through sustainable management of their natural resources . Leaders of Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU...

Eko Atlantic The Dream of a New Model City Struggling with Transparency, Good Governance and Negative Environmental Impacts

Published: 2012
Lagos is one of the world's fastest growing cities, which offers hope for survival, income generation, employment and personal success not only to Nigerians from all over the country, but also to Africans from the West African region. It has been characterized by a burgeoning population of high poverty percentage, living in limited space that is threatened by sea level rise, ocean surge and...

Seeds without Borders

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2011
"It is the objective of this policy brief to review, reflect and discuss the challenges from the perspectives of technological, organizational, institutional, regulatory, and policy frameworks within the variety development-seed production-seed use continuum. This policy brief proposes recommendations that can be pursued to further enhance the efficiency of the seed systems especially in...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Soroti District Council Score-Card Report FY 2013/2014

This policy brief presents findings from the 2013/14 assessment of Soroti District Local Government under the Local Government Councils’ Score-card Initiative (LGCSCI), an evidence based project implemented by ACODE in partnership with ULGA with support from GAPP/USAID and DGF. The following recommendations were made from the Soroti District Council Scorecard Report: 1. Broaden Local Revenue Base...

Local Government Council's Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Nakapiripirit District Council Score-Card Report FY 2013/2014

This policy brief presents findings from the 2013/14 assessment of Nakapiripirit District Local Government under the Local Government Councils’ Score-card Initiative (LGCSCI), an evidence based project implemented by ACODE in partnership with ULGA with support from DGF. The report has several recommendations : 1. Government should increase budgetary allocation for Nakapiripirit District Local...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Moroto District Council Score-Card Report FY 2013/2014

This brief presents findings from the 2013/14 assessment of Moroto District Local Government under the Local Government Councils’ Score-card Initiative (LGCSCI), an evidence based project implemented by ACODE in partnership with ULGA with support from DGF. This report has several recommendations, among others: 1. The budgetary allocation should be increased by government to meet service delivery...

Engaging Youth in Agricultural Policy Processes

Publisher: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Published: 2012
Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s youngest population and is home to over 200 million young people. Two out of three inhabitants are under 25 years of age and 44% of its population is under the age of 15. 70% of the youth resides in rural areas and employed African youth work primarily in the agricultural sector, where they account for 65% of the workforce.Young African men and women are...

The Central Sahel: A Perfect Sandstorm

Published: 2015
The Sahel, often seen as a haven for armed radical groups, this area is the latest new frontier in the West’s counter-terrorism campaign. This report concentrates on a vertical axis between southern Libya and Northern Nigeria, with a relatively stable but extremely vulnerable Niger at its centre. Although outside attention has largely been on the region stretching from Mauritania to Chad, the...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Kabarole District Council Score-Card Report FY 2013/2014

This policy brief presents findings from the 2013/14 assessment of Kabarole District Local Government under the Local Government Councils’ Score-card Initiative (LGCSCI). The budgetary allocation for Kabarole Local Government is likely to be increased by the Central Government in order to meet service delivery priorities. 2. Strategies are devised by the Kabarole District Local Government to...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Masindi District Council Score-Card Report FY 2013/2014

In this policy brief the findings are presented from the 2013/14 assessment of Masindi District Local Government under the Local Government Councils’ Score-card Initiative (LGCSCI), an evidence based project implemented by ACODE in partnership with ULGA with support from DGF. It seeks to enhance the effectiveness of elected leaders in fulfilling their mandate and build the citizens’ capacity to...

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