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Zimbabwe: Reaping the Harvest?

"The Land Reform and Resettlement Programme of the Zimbabwean government can be seen as comprising two phases. In the first phase, from 1980 to 1996, the dominant approach to land redistribution and acquisition may be characterised as “a state-cen...

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 3, March 2005

The following articles are contained in this journal: Embracing complexity, Africa can advance ; Two regions, two paths, on Zimbabwe; Benefits of nutrition neglected in the fight against AIDS; Drug trials raise concern and Greening the Namibian de...

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, June 2003

The main article of this volume is titled Africa’s claim to the 21st Century and specifically focus on Uganda and how Africa has to change to become a global leader. The next article describes Uganda’s initiative in the coffee crisis.'Post-Iraq f...

SADC Barometer Issue 5 April 2004

This issue focus on food security and agriculture with the following articles: Zambia: Food, agriculture and natural resources; Zimbabwe’s Commercial farming expertise; SADC needs a common land reform policy; The nexus between water security and p...

Staple Food Prices In Botswana

"This brief attempts to explain why consumer prices rose so dramatically in 2008, why they collapsed on the world market and why the consumers in Botswana have not seen significant benefits from that price decrease on world markets. This paper u...

Crop Production in Ethiopia: Regional Patterns and Trends

"Ethiopia’s crop agriculture is complex, involving substantial variation in crops grown across the country’s different regions and ecologies. Five major cereals (teff, wheat, maize, sorghum and barley) are the core of Ethiopia’s agriculture and fo...

A Strategy for Agricultural Statistics in Ghana

"Agriculture is the backbone of the Ghanaian economy. It plays an important role in the socioeconomic development of Ghana as it contributes to ensuring food security, provides raw materials for local industries, generates foreign exchange, and ...

Environmental Considerations in Nigerian Agricultural Policies, Strategies, and Programs

"Agriculture is the major sector upon which the majority of Nigeria’s rural poor depend on for their livelihood. Over 70 percent of the active labor force is employed in agriculture. The federal government of Nigeria (FGN) has identified agricultu...

Decentralization and Public Service Delivery in Nigeria

"Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. The 2006 provisional census counted over 140 million people, 64 percent of whom live in rural areas. These rural areas are undergoing radical, noticeable change, particularly in the agricultural sec...

Demand Characteristics for Improved Rice, Cowpea, and Maize Seeds in Nigeria: Policy Implications and Knowledge Gaps

"This review focuses primarily on the demand for improved seeds of rice, cowpea, and maize. They key research questions addressed in this review are: (1) how has seed demand in SSA been generally characterized, (2) how does such characterization ...

Trends and Drivers of Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria

"Agriculture is the economic mainstay of the majority of households in Nigeria and is a significant sector in Nigeria’s economy. The important benefits of the agricultural sector to Nigeria’s economy include: the provision of food, contribution to...

Knowledge Management and Development Targets in Nigeria

"Ajaikaiye and Olusola (2003) observed that the knowledge system of any progressive society performs a pivotal function in its development. However, they note that “in spite of this recognition, the attention given to Nigeria’s knowledge system ha...

Irrigation Development in Ghana: Past experiences, emerging opportunities, and future directions

"Agriculture has a central socioeconomic position in Ghana. This sector accounts for about 65 percent of the work force, about 40 percent of the gross domestic product, and about 40 percent of foreign currencies acquired through exports. Although ...

Agriculture and the Economic Transformation of Ethiopia

"This paper examines the implications of this commitment to both growth and reduction in poverty, analyzes the progress underway, and diagnoses the critical elements of change in policy required to reach the objectives. Combining a review of exper...

Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security in Rural Nigeria: An Assessment of the Challenges, Information Needs, and Analytical Capacity

"Nigeria is still characterized by high reliance on food imports. Malnutrition is widespread in the entire country and rural areas are especially vulnerable to chronic food shortages, malnutrition, unbalanced nutrition, erratic food supply, poor q...

Constraints to Increasing Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria: A Review

"This paper reviews the constraints hindering growth of agricultural productivity in Nigeria by - providing an overview of the policy environment that affects agricultural productivity, - establishing how the policy environment affects productiv...

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, December 2003

Looks at some of the big issues in African agriculture and profiles some important new models of success, including India and Israel. Looks at joint venture successes. Refers to water scarcity options

Dryland Husbandry in Ethiopia Research Report

"This publication contains five papers on DHP Ethiopia (Aba'ala, Afar Regional State) that narrate and discuss traditional crop production, social relations between lowlanders and highlanders, extension activities on the use of water harvesting an...

Trade in genetically modified foods: Decoding Southern African Regulatory approaches

"The central theme of this book is the assertion that despite potential risks agricultural biotechnology can be effectively harnessed to ensure food security and general economic prosperity in Southern Africa. Rautenbach's chapter exposes the g...

Climate Change in Africa: Adaptation, Mitigation and Governance Challenges

"The hardest hit region has benefited least from the international climate change regime because previous and current global climate change agreements have had little relevance to Africa. The next climate change negotiations will take place in Co...

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