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Taxation for Weather Based Index Insurance in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

"A major potential area for support for agriculture insurance for small-scale farmers has been premium subsidies from the government. However, premium subsidy decisions are difficult to make for governments in developing countries, particularly gi...

Weather Based Index Insurance Technical Challenges and Opportunities

"Weather based index insurance (WII), along with other types of agriculture insurance products, has the potential to be used as an efficient risk management tool for farmers and other players in the agriculture value-chain in developing countries....

Operational & Regulatory Strategies for Weather-based Index Insurance

"Smallholder farmers are constantly faced with weather risks, which define good and/or bad production years. With the majority of the labour force on the continent engaged in the agricultural sector, insurance has emerged as a critical gap in the ...

Helping Farmers to Better Manage Climate Related Risks to Post-harvest Handling in Malawi

Crop production is the main stay for more than 70 percent of Malawians. Unfortunately, because of high dependence on rainfall, many farming families barely meet their daily food and nutritional requirements. Climate related risks to crop productio...

Analysis of Existing Institutional Arrangements and the Policy Environment for Managing Risk 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. Malagasy agriculture is dependent mainly on small-scale subsistence farmers cultivat...

Analysis of Existing Institutional Arrangements and the Policy Environment for Managing Risk Related to Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling in Climate Disaster areas, with Specific Reference to Smallholder Farming in South Africa

"This report covers crop production and post-harvest management policies that affect smallholder framers, with a special focus on climate change disasters. Relevant institutional arrangements are also reflected upon and the report concludes with r...

Pathways for Irrigation Development: Policies and Irrigation Performance in Zimbabwe

"This report presents the findings of a rapid review to determine the policies and politics that have shaped irrigation practice and performance in Zimbabwe over the past 40–50 years. We conducted a political analysis to assess how politics and s...

Pathways for Irrigation Development: Policies and Irrigation Performance in Tanzania

Amid global concerns over rising food and fuel prices, changing diets and climate change, irrigated agriculture has an important role to play in increasing food production in an uncertain and resource-constrained world. For many countries in sub-S...

Cost Benefit Analysis of Post-Harvest Management Innovations: Benin Case Study

This report presents results of cost-benefit analysis of modern post-harvest technologies (metal silos and hermetic bags) with particular focus on maize, beans and cow peas in Benin. The need to reduce post-harvest losses for major food crops come...

Cost Benefit Analysis of Post-Harvest Management Innovations in Mozambique

This report presents results of cost-benefit analysis of modern post-harvest technologies (metal silos and hermetic bags) with particular focus on maize, beans and cow peas in Mozambique. Sub-Saharan Africa has been incurring huge post-harvest l...

Comprehensive Scoping and Assessment Study of Climate Smart Agriculture Policies in Mozambique

The present Comprehensive Scoping and Assessment Study is aimed at evaluating how smallholder farmers are coping with climate changes and how the Government of Mozambique is strategising its policies in order to increase agricultural productivit...

Policies and Practices for Climate-Smart Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities Across 15 Countries

Sub-Saharan Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The region is marked by strong dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resources, limited infrastructure in rural areas, and high levels of poverty. The region is projected t...

Integrating Gender Roles, Social Equity and Post Harvest Management Policies to Improve Rural Household's Food Security

This policy brief describes the current status of policies and programs in Benin and Mozambique, with the aim of identifying potential gender and social sensitive post-harvest initiatives, thereby supporting their transition to a more sustainable ...

Agriculture to Nutrition (ANTONU): Evaluation of Integrated Agriculture and Nutrition-Sensitive Interventions for the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) Program in Ethiopia - Baseline Data

This project aims to develop, implement, and evaluate nutrition-sensitive interventions within the context of existing smallholder farming households with the goal of improving the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and young child...

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 c...

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 a...

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 p...

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, ru...

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 us...

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 ...

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