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Changes in South Africa's Global Agricultural Trade Regime, 1996-2013

"This paper presents an examination of the major trends in South African international trade in agricultural products between the years 1996 and 2013. The analysis covers three broad areas: (1) the changing weight of key trading partners in South Africa’s overall agricultural trade regime; (2) changes in the major products being traded with the rest of the world; and (3) changes in the...

State and Land Legislation in Botswana

"This paper is structured as follows: The first section describes the terrain and context. This is followed by a section on the legal evolution of Botswana with the intention of tying it up with a premise of continuity between the colonial and post-colonial administrations. The next section deals with the land question regarding perceptions and reality, land use policies and their...

Corporate Power in the Agro-Food System and South Africa's Food Consumer Environment

"This report maps the extent of corporate power in the South African agro-food system using a value chain approach. It identifies major corporate actors in the various nodes of the agro-food system as of 2014. Some nodes tend to be dominated by corporations, for example input supply, grain storage and handling, and feedlots for commercial livestock. Other nodes have a strong corporate core...

Smallholder Farming: a Panacea for Employment Creation and Enterprise Development in South Africa? Lessons from the Pro-Poor Value Chain Governance Project in Limpopo Province

"Recent government efforts point to the smallholder sub-sector as a potential source for employment creation and enterprise development. This paper presents an analysis of smallholder farmers’ market participation and the potential links to rural poverty using the case of Limpopo farmers. The study showed that smallholder farmers are confronted with complex marketing arrangements which are...

Pro-Poor Development at Regional Level - Challenges and Options

Published: 2011
This workshop identifies obstacles for implementing the Base of the Pyramid and Inclusive business concepts specific for the southern African Region. Companies actively developed a list of the major hindering factors and recommendations for the implementation of the concepts based on the regional integration approach.

Regional Cross Border Trade Stakeholder Dialogue

Published: 2013
"The dialogue focused on the following critical issues: I. The TFTA and its negotiation processes, II. The Southern African Development Community Free Trade Area (SADC FTA) III. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and IV. The East African Community (EAC) trade related initiatives. Further, the dialogue also examined the opportunities and challenges for Informal Cross...

Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue

Published: 2012
"The dialogue focused on the opportunities for smallholder farmers, who form the majority of the farmers in the region, that are being envisioned and created by the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) as it is being formulated, and the existing challenges that they face in accessing agricultural assets and their relatively low level participation in the rapidly changing agricultural...

Constructing a Developmental and Transformational Philanthropy in Africa Towards a New Regulatory Common Sense

Published: 2015
"This report analyses the political economy of legislation governing the doing of philanthropy in Africa. It pays particular attention to trends and specific country contexts and how these drive national or global agendas. It analyses the enabling environment, including freedoms of association, expression, assembly, right to information and to raise and access resources. It also analyses...

Features, Governance Characteristics and Policy Implications of Non‐State Social Protection in Africa: A Synthesis Report on Nine Studies in Six Countries

Publisher: Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)
Published: 2016
This report is a synthesis of nine case studies on the governance characteristics and policy implications of non-state social protection services in six countries in Africa—Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda. A key indicator of the relevance of a social protection service is whether it pulls beneficiaries out of abject poverty and graduates them as empowered and self-supporting...

Governance of Non-State Social Protection Initiatives: Implications of Addressing Gendered Vulnerability to Poverty in Uganda

Publisher: Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)
Published: 2016
"Non-state actors (NSAs) are offering social protection services in Uganda to address vulnerabilities associated with poverty. Information is limited on their adequacy and efficacy and how their governance mechanisms address gender concerns. This study aimed to fill that gap.Formal NSAs deliver mostly promotive services such as capacity building in farming and human rights sensitisation...

Why Africa has Fallen Short of Building Dynamic Agro-processing Capabilities: Constraints, Options and Prospects

"In the context of agriculture-led development strategies for African countries, vibrant food and allied manufacturing industries to conserve and convert enhanced agricultural output into maximized value-added products for global markets occupy a critical tactical niche. The food industries need to be seen as a strategic, autonomous and growth-stimulating force within the cosmos of African...

Promotion of Public Health Care Using African Indigenous Knowledge Systems and and Implications for IPRs: Experiences From Southern and Eastern Africa

"The challenge for African policy makers and researchers is to create the right environment for more research on the role of IKS in promoting public health care issues and sustainable development. They should take advantage of the forces of globalization, such as the information and communication technology (ICT) to promote collaborative research and networking. Using documented examples...

The Place of Policy in Applied Health Care and Technology with Special Reference to African Traditional Medicine

"The author was assigned the task of addressing the role of policy in applied health technology with special reference to African traditional medicine. Perhaps what is intriguing in this theme is that despite the fact that African traditional medicine is by its anthropological nature a heritage of African peoples and nations, it has paradoxically been the object of chains of successive...

A Framework for the Strategic Analysis and Management of the Brain Drain

The global mobility of skilled workers has increased in recent years due to the expansion of the knowledge economy, the progressive globalisation of markets and companies, the growing demand for scarce skills, and wider political and economic issues. This increase in global mobility is a practical reality of the interdependence that affects us all and is not necessarily a problem except where...

ICTs and Health Technology at the Grassroots Level in Africa

"One of the central questions of the 21st century is how technology is producing a change in our mode of operation and how its benefits can be used and applied positively. Today’s communications technology has enormous potential for helping people and communities improve their circumstances. The communications environment in which most people live has changed radically over the last decade,...

Barriers between Scientists and Journalists: Myth or Reality?

"This paper discusses barriers between scientists and journalists. The purpose is to increase understanding about the inherent differences between scientists and journalists that separate them and inhibit the dissemination of scientific information to the public. This paper attests to the reality of the barriers between scientists and journalists by providing evidence to that effect,...

From Inventors to Innovators: An Investigation into Individual Inventors in Tanzania

"Although technological innovation has lately been accepted as a key aspect in socio and economic development and therefore poverty reduction, poor countries such as Tanzania have largely been left out of the process. One major reason for this has been the concentration on technology transfer that does not take into account a conscious and deliberate effort in building indigenous...

The Challenges of Communicating Science: A Journalist's Perspective

"Although the trend is changing, science reporting is not a daily routine in most media houses worldwide. Science reporting - unlike sports, politics, business, arts and culture – is generally placed on the fringes of mainstream journalism. Close analysis shows that there are various deep-rooted factors that tend to keep science at the bottom of newsgathering, packing and dissemination. It...

Brain Drain: Painting a Picture for Africa

"The problem of brain drain has recently been a cause for concern for most African governments and organisations because of the apparent affects on health care service delivery, among other negative effects. Many possible causes of brain drain have been advanced, couched in terms of push, pull and facilitating factors and other theories of migration. From real, nominal as well as perceived...

Tanzania Cluster Initiative Project: An Evaluation Report from the Eight Cluster Initiatives

"The report has categorized cluster initiatives into three major categories: the organic, engineered and re-engineered cluster initiatives. Generally we can say that during the 18 months of implementation clusters have shown positive development, especially as far as the early indicators are concerned. In the longer time perspective however, the issues regarding financing and opening up of...

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