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Ghana’s Middle-Income Reality Check Part II: Social And Infrastructure Dimensions

"After rebasing in 2010, Ghana’s per capita GDP rose to Middle-Income Country (MIC) level as defined by the World Bank. The per capita income measure is, however, seen to be too narrow as it does not even include key economic indicators let alone im…

Farmers' Perception of Climate Change Governance and Adaptation: Constraints in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

"This study appraises the perception and understanding of Niger Delta farmers of role of national governments in climate change governance in Nigeria. It also examines grassroots communities' perception of constraints to adaptation to changing clim…

Indigenous Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change: Study of Southeast Nigeria

"Climate change has direct impact on agricultural production, because of the climate-dependent nature of agricultural systems. This impact is particularly significant in developing countries where agriculture constitute employment and income source…

Ghana’s Middle-Income Reality Check Part I: The Economic Dimension

"After rebasing in 2010, Ghana’s per capita GDP rose to Middle-Income Country (MIC)level as defined by the World Bank. The per capita income measure is, however, seen to be too narrow as it does not even include key economic indicators let alone imp…

The New Alliance on Food Security and Nutrition: What are the Implications for Africa's Youth?

"Young people are a growing proportion of Africa’s population and most live in poverty in rural areas. Despite urbanisation, in absolute numbers the rural youth are growing and agricultural development needs to prioritise opportunities for them to …

Determinants of Domestic Food Price Differentials in Uganda: The Potential for and Constraints on Intra-County Trade

The determinants of price differentials across 79 districts in Uganda is examined in this paper. It identifies the main production areas for key agricultural commodities and consumption destinations. The paper examines the hypothesis that spatial pr…

Food Aid, Agriculture and the African Farmer: A Curate’s Egg?

"This occasional paper discusses the controversial issue of food aid which in the view of the World Bank and the World Food Programme is "an important and undervalued resource for development in Africa". The discussion, interestingly, includes the e…

Informal Sector's Role in Food Security A Missing Link in Policy Debates

"This paper aims to review what is currently known about the role played by the informal sector in general and informal retailers in particular, in the accessibility of food in South Africa. The review seeks to identify policy relevant research gap…

Harnessing Wind Energy for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in Coastal Regions of Ghana: A Policy Perspective

"Agriculture is the mainstay of the economies of many rural coastal communities in Ghana. Due to changing climatic conditions, the economy of these communities is experiencing low productivities that in turn lower their living standards. Poor and er…

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 give…

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. M…

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 va…

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 production …

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 cultivatin…

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 rec…

Implications of the Global Commodity Price Slump for Zambia’s Agriculture Commentary

This Regional Economic Outlook report focuses broadly on two aspects, namely the commodity price slump as well as sustainable growth and financial development. Many key insights are offered as well as broad policy recommendations. The report makes o…

Évaluation Économique Ex-Post des Barrages de Niandouba et Confluent au Senegal / Retrospective Economic Evaluation of the Niandouba and Confluent Dams in Senegal

The people of the Sahel progress in terms of agro-climatic and economic vulnerability while the investment in water control is limited. The irrigation potential to mitigate this vulnerability is behind the renewed interest of States and development…

Patterns and Determinants of Livestock Farmers’ Choice of Marketing Channels: Micro-level Evidence

This paper investigates the patterns and determinants of smallholder livestock farmer’s market participation, as well as the market channel choice using a micro-lever survey data from Ethiopia. Binary logit and multinomial logit models have been app…

Potential of Coffee to Uplift People out of Poverty in Northern Uganda

The study's objective was to analyze the potential of expanding coffee production in Uganda, and the resultant poverty reduction effect. The study, specifically examined the contribution of coffee production towards poverty reduction. The direct wel…

Study of Technological and Farming Systems Adaptation to Climate Change in Farming Communities of Enugu State, nigeria

"Climate change has a cumulative effect on natural resources including agricultural resources and the balance of nature. Its effects are already visible in Enugu state and Nigeria in general. In Nigeria and Enugu state in particular, varieties of …

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