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Developing Capacities and Opportunities for Youth Engagement in the Agricultural Value Chain and Transformation

"Young people have the potential to make significant contributions to agricultural development at various levels, broadly defined here as the agricultural value chain. It is therefore critical to groom emerging professionals and entrepreneurs to con…

Engaging Youth in Agricultural Policy Processes

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…

Engaging Youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture

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 pro…

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

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, rura…

Seeds without Borders

"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 …

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

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…

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

"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, excha…

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

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 importan…

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

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, industr…

Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU): Evaluation of Integrated Agriculture and Nutrition-sensitive Interventions for the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) Programme in Tanzania

In recent years, agricultural investment in sub-Saharan Africa has increased, leading to increased food production. However, despite increased food production, malnutrition rates are still high. This is because agricultural programmes have traditio…

Advisory Note: Building Resilience Against Recurring Extreme Weather and Climate Events in SADC Region

Climate change presents a significant threat to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region as it is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of climatic events. Predicted higher temperatures, altered rainfall patterns, and an ov…

Institutional Arrangements and Policy Environment for Managing Risks for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Madagascar

Agriculture forms the livelihood of the overwhelming majority of Malagasy. The main staple crop is rice, occupying about two-thirds of all the available cropland. Producing staples include rice, maize, and cassava. Madagascar’s yields remain low due…

Policy and Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Disaster-Prone Areas of Zimbabwe

Agriculture in Zimbabwe is now predominantly driven by smallholder farmers. 90% of the farming land is in the hands of smallholder farmers practicing mixed crops and livestock production systems.The predominance of rain-fed crop production makes the…

Policy and Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Climate Disaster-Prone Areas of South Africa

South African agriculture has undergone substantial structural transformations especially after the establishment of the Union Government in 1910, the promulgation of the Natives Land Act of 1913 and subsequent legislation meant to benefit white com…

Cost Benefit Analysis of Climate Change Adaptation Strategies on Crop Production Systems in the Lowveld of Swaziland

"Challenges faced by smallholder rural subsistence farmers should be one of the key issues in policy and development discussions as they form 70% of the African populations and Swaziland is no exception. They manage large areas of agricultural produ…

Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Climate Disaster-Prone Areas of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean economy is driven by agriculture and the majority of the rural people depend on it for their livelihood. Agriculture contributes approximately 18% to Zimbabwe’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The diverse agro-climatic conditions enable…

Institutional Arrangements and Policy Environment for Managing Climatic Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Climate Disaster Prone Areas Synthesis Report

The report presents a synthesis of national studies from Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe to determine the institutional arrangements and policy environment for institutional arrangements for managing climatic risk for crop production a…

"Addressing the Impact of Biosafety Systems and Regional Policies - Towards a Regional Approach to Biotechnology Policy in Southern Africa"

"The extent to which modern biotechnology can contribute to agricultural development and sustainability is subject to incensed scrutiny, debate and controversy. This is even more palpable in Africa, where it is hypothesised that modern agricultural …

Towards a Regional Approach to Biotechnology and Biosafety Policies for Southern African Countries Phase 1: Situation Analysis and Stakeholder View - South Africa

"This working paper endeavours to describe and summarize the current situation in South Africa pertaining to biotechnology in the agricultural sector, as well as public understanding of biotechnology and biotechnological applications in the country,…

Towards a Regional Approach to Biotechnology Policy in Southern Africa Phase 1: Situation Analysis and Stakeholder View - Malawi

"The general perception of GM crops among the respondents interviewed in Malawi is that genetic transformation has potential to improve food security, but they fear the risks to the safety of humans, animals and the environment. This situation is or…

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