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Community Opportunities in Commercial Agriculture: Possibilities and Challenges

Aquaculture has potential to contribute towards food and nutrition security, job creation and income for South African communities, provided that the challenges and limitations for their participation in commercial aquaculture value chains can be...

Are Trade Unions and NGOs Leveraging Social Codes to Improve Working Conditions? A Study of two Locally Developed Codes in the South African Fruit and Wine Farming Sectors

The paper explores one aspect of the food security question, namely the livelihoods of farmworkers, which ultimately speaks to the sustainability of farms and the provision of food. It focuses on the emergence of locally made private social code...

Jobless Economic Growth: Lessons from Africa

Following the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, economic growth has eluded many countries. Africa, on the other hand, is projected to host seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the period from 2011-2012. It has long been understood that h...

Women in Agriculture: As Assessment of the Current State of Affairs in Africa

Agriculture continues to loom large in the development possibilities in Africa. It is therefore not surprising that global, continental, regional, and national governments have all embarked upon policy and institutional initiatives to address pr...

Economy-wide Impacts of Technological Change in Food Staples in Ethiopia: A Macro-micro Approach

This paper assesses the potential impacts from the introduction of high yielding and drought tolerant varieties of major food staples (wheat and maize) in Ethiopia. We develop a dynamic Computable General Equilibrium model with a micro-simulatio...

Africa Capacity Indicators 2012: Capacity Development for Agricultural Transformation and Food Security/ Rapport sur les Indicators de Capacités en Afrique 2012: Renforcement des Capacités Pour la Transformation Agricole et la Sécurité Alimentaire

A core message in the 2012 ACI Report is that improving the productivity and the economic returns of agriculture has immediate effects on poverty and hunger in at least three important ways: a) it increases the productivity and incomes of the majo...

Effects of Collective Marketing by Farmers' Organizations on Cocoa Farmer's Price in Cameroon

This study aims to evaluate the effects of collective marketing by farmers' organizations (FOs) on cocoa farmer’s price in Cameroon. This is done through the quasi-experimental method, which uses the techniques of “Propensity Score Matching”. Th...

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...

Avocado Contract Farming in Kenya: Does it Work?

Avocado demand continues to grow locally and globally. Kenya’s export supply is also growing but progress is slow. The international boom in demand coincides with changes to the structure of the international fresh produce market reflecting a move...

Spillovers from Off-farm Self-employment Opportunities in Rural Niger

Agricultural households in Niger face constraints that may hinder agricultural production and threaten food security. A rural exodus is also resulting from a lack of formal and decent wage employment. The way to enhance agricultural production a...

Effects of Input Subsidies on Subsistence Crop Acreage Diversity in Botswana

This paper examines the patterns and determinants of crop acreage diversity in Botswana’s subsistence economy for the period 1978/79-2013/14. Primarily, the paper is geared at determining whether Botswana’s input subsidy programs (ARAP and ISPAA...

Diffusion de Variétés de Semences et d’itinéraires Techniques de Production de mil: quel impact sur la filière ? / Dissemination of Seed Varieties and Technical Directions for Millet Production: What will the Impact be on the Sector?

This policy brief summarizes the results of an impact evaluation of six technologies to increase millet productivity in Senegal. These technologies generally dealt with the use of quality seed and the training of producers in technical matters. W...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Zambia

The agricultural sector has a dual structure, wherein large commercial farms co-exist with scattered smallholder agricultural households. The Zambian agriculture sector comprises crops, livestock and fisheries. The country's staple crop and most ...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Swaziland

Agriculture in Swaziland is dualistic – divided into commercial estates and subsistence farms, known as Swazi Nation Land (SNL). The commercial sector occupies about 40% of the cultivated land, and generates 80% of the national agricultural commod...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Uganda

Uganda’s agricultural sector covers a wide range of activities including the production of traditional cash crops (coffee, sugar cane, cotton and tea) and food crops (banana, cassava, maize, sorghum, finger-millet, potatoes and beans) and keeping ...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Lesotho

Smallholder farmers whose farms are generally less than 1 ha in size dominate the agricultural production in Lesotho. Agriculture in Lesotho is predominantly traditional, characterised by rain-fed cereal production and extensive animal grazing, wi...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Mauritius

Agriculture in Mauritius occupies about 40% of the land area and includes about 22,000 small-scale individual sugarcane planters, and about 12,000 small growers of food crops, tea, tobacco, palm, fruit and flowers. Agriculture in Mauritius is domi...

High-Value Agricultural Exports from Africa

African exports of high-value agricultural products, such as processed agricultural goods and horticultural products have been growing rapidly. Some observers seem to feel that expanding these exports might be key to generating the new export reve...

Agricultural Investment in Africa: A Low Level… Numerous Opportunities

Agricultural investment is a necessary requirement to develop and organize the agricultural sector in Africa. Africa's agricultural potential offers opportunities to be seized in terms of intensification of production and structuring of the agric...

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