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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 direc…

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 Afri…

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 usin…

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 escala…

Uganda’s Agricultural Sector at Crossroads: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

Uganda’s agricultural growth has stagnated at about 2 percent for almost two decades yet the sector employs about 70% of the working population and contributes 40 percent of export earnings. On the other hand, Uganda’s population growth rate remains…

Transformation de l'Agriculture Senegalaise: Impact d'un Programme Integre / Transformation of Agriculture in Senegal: Impact of an Integrated Program

For developing countries, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, agriculture has always had an undeniable economic and social importance. But this importance has increased since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the United Nations (UN) Su…

Trade, Food and Nutrition Security in South Africa: The Cases of Sugar and Poultry

The purpose of this paper is to consider the role that trade plays in food and nutrition security in South Africa. Despite an established commercial food system, South Africans experience high levels of food and nutrition insecurity – both under-n…

Do Safety Net Transfers Improve Household Diets and Reduce Undernutrition? Evidence from Rural Ethiopia

An estimated 31.6 million people in Ethiopia are undernourished indicating a serious food shortage problem in the country. Ethiopia’s food production is extremely vulnerable to adverse weather conditions as the economy is dependent upon rain-fed ag…

Réformes Commerciales, Réponse de l’offre Agricole et Sécurité Alimentaire au Sénégal / Trade Reforms, Agricultural Supply Response and Food Security in Senegal

Food security in developing countries, is currently an increasing concern for both policy makers and analysts. Since the 1974 World Food Conference convened by the United Nations, following the food crisis of 1973-1975, consensus exists within the …

Policy Strategies Needed to Promote Permanent Agricultural Recovery and Productivity Growth in the SADC Region

The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) hosted its second high level policy dialogue at the Shandrani Hotel, Mauritius, 28 - 30 March 2004. The objectives of the meeting were to enable senior policy advisors t…

Agricultural Policy Priorities for Improving Rural Livelihoods in Southern Africa: Regional Synthesis

Agriculture has long been recognized as a source of livelihood for the African poor rural households as well as the engine for economic growth. The ability of households to exchange/move surpluses from regions of comparative advantage to regions wit…

Food Trade and Investment in South Africa: Improving Coherence Between Economic Policy, Nutrition and Food Security

South Africa must address a rising burden of diet-related chronic disease while also continuing to combat persistent food insecurity and undernutrition. The prevalence of stunting among children in South Africa remains around 25%. At the same time, …

What are the Key Factors of Food Insecurity among Senegalese Landowners?

During 2008, many Sub-Saharan African economies have been obliged to suspend their imports tariffs to the magnitude of the food crisis. Frequent riots experienced in several cities have then raised the deep issue of food security. The purpose of thi…

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 lies …

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. We …

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 practices.…

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 supply …

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 develo…

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, yie…

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. As …

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