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Zimbabwe: Danger and Opportunity

The economic meltdown, government-created food crisis, and deepening state-sponsored violence that have plagued Zimbabwe in the year since President Robert Mugabe's ruling party rigged the presidential election continue to point in one ominous dir...

Zimbabwe: The Politics of National Liberation and International Division

Despite the rising humanitarian costs of the crisis in Zimbabwe, the international community remains deeply divided about its response, allowing President Mugabe to believe that he can exploit the policy fissure between - broadly - the West and Af...

Zimbabwe: What Next?

In the aftermath of the deeply flawed March 2002 presidential election, Zimbabwe has dropped off the radar screen of most policy-makers and media but its crisis is deepening: * the ruling ZANU-PF party and the government are systematically us...

Zimbabwe's Election: The Stakes for Southern Africa

Since the intensification of Zimbabwe's political, economic and humanitarian crisis following defeat of a government-sponsored constitution in a national referendum nearly two years ago, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has documented the esca...

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...

Investissement Agricole en Afrique : un Niveau Faible… de Nombreuses Opportunités / 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...

Food Trade Policy and the Dietary Transition

The irony facing many developing countries today is that increased food trade and the implications of globalization has created a situation where certain segments of the population are simply put, eating too much, while just in their proximity lie...

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...

Diffusion de Variétés de Riz et du Système de Riziculture Intensive: Quel impact sur la Filière ?/ Diffusion of Rice Varieties and the System of Intensive Rice Cultivation: What is the Impact on the Sector?

A number of lessons can be drawn from the results of the study. First, the conditions and the level of adoption of new technologies show the important role that producer awareness and training play in disseminating innovations in farming practice...

Evaluating Food Crop Sector Performance in Nigeria (1999-2016)

This study evaluates the performance of food crop sector in Nigeria from 1999-2016. The statistics show that Nigeria is having food insecurity problems: very low value of food production per capita; low and declining average dietary energy suppl...

Food Security and Sovereignty in Africa: Issues, Policy Challenges and Opportunities

The last few decades have seen food insecurity as an emerging crisis that has bedeviled many African countries. While many post-colonial African governments have widely recognized the role of agriculture in national development and capacity deve...

Reducing The Maize Yield Gap In Ethiopia: Analysis And Policy Simulation

Ethiopia can be considered a success story for maize production as, apart from South Africa, it is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa that has shown substantial progress in maize productivity and input use. After a period of limited growth, y...

Analysis of the Technical Efficiency of Rice Production in Fogera District of Ethiopia: A Stochastic Frontier Approach

The aim of this paper is to analyze the technical efficiency of rice production in Fogera District of Ethiopia. To do so, the stochastic frontier approach was employed on data collected from 200 sample households in the 2015/16 production year. A...

Foreign Exchange Rationing and Wheat Markets in Ethiopia

This paper examines the developments in Ethiopia’s wheat markets, including the links between international and domestic prices for wheat, the implications of foreign exchange rationing (that effectively stopped private sector wheat imports), and ...

Dynamics of Poverty and Well-being in Ethiopia: An Introduction to a Special Issue of the Ethiopian Journal of Economics

Understanding change is critical to policy formulation. Who benefits, who loses from change, and what causes change are core policy questions. Panel data are central to understanding change, and this special issue of the journal is devoted to five...

A Profile of Food Insecurity Dynamics in Rural and Small Town Ethiopia

This paper documents the state of food insecurity in Ethiopia based on information from a large sample of households representative of all rural and small-town areas of Ethiopia. The data, which cover nearly 4,000 households, were collected in 201...

Analysis of Households Vulnerability and Food Insecurity in Amhara Regional State of Ethiopia: Using Value at Risk Analysis

This study examines household’s food insecurity and the extent of future vulnerability in Amhara region, using WMS and HCES of CSA. Calorie method was employed to determine food insecurity. In addition to descriptive statistics, GLS application fo...

Dynamics of Food Price Inflation in Eastern Ethiopia: A Meso Macro Modeling

High inflationary pressure especially in food price has been a top agenda in many developing countries since the last decade as it has been hindering their socioeconomic development. Though Ethiopia is achieving an encouraging economic growth in ...

Agricultural Technology Adoption and Rural Poverty: A Study on Smallholders in Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

Poverty has remained to be the major development and policy challenge in Ethiopia. Studies indicate that poverty is higher in rural areas in all its measures. Since smallholder agriculture is the mainstay of rural dwellers, policies of the country...

The Determinants of Technical Efficiency of Farmers in Teff, Maize and Sorghum Production: Empirical Evidence from Central Zone of Tigray Region

This study is made to examine the technical efficiency of farmers in Teff, Maize, and Sorghum production in the Central Zone of Tigray. The study used primary data collected from a sample of farm households selected using a combination of probabil...

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