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Chinese, Brazilian and Indian Investments in African Agriculture : Impacts, Opportunities and Concerns

Investments made by the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian governments in African agriculture is analyzed in this study. This brings together three new case studies of Chinese investment and aims to assess the impacts of investment on Africa's small-s...

Public Transfers and Subsistence Producer Disincentives in Botswana

"This paper investigates the disincentive effects of public transfers on subsistence producers in Botswana. Comparative statics analyses indicate that public transfers would not affect farm production when profit and utility maximization decisions...

The Gendered Impact of Agricultural Reform in Rwanda - IPAR 3rd Annual Research Conference

This presentation mainly informs about the role of women in the agricultural sector. The document states that generally, the goal of the agricultural sector is to achieve sustainable economic growth, as well as social development leading to the in...

Training Them to Catch Fish? Farmer Education and Training Programmes in Uganda’s Organic Agricultural Subsector

"This policy brief explores the nature of training and education activities of civil society organisations and tertiary institutions in Uganda. An internet search of the training and education activities in organic agriculture in Uganda shows over...

Challenges to Urban Food Supply in South Africa

"Food security and food issues are a major social challenge in South Africa. McLachlan and Thorne cite an analysis by Adam Kahane of the food security problem in South Africa. In this analysis Kahane is of the opinion that the food security proble...

An Assessment of Livelihood Realities in the Lowveld of Zimbabwe and South Africa After the Land Reform What are the policy implications?

"Land is not only one of the most defining social, political and development issues in Southern Africa, it contains the most intractable element. Agrarian reform has gone through considerable historical continuities that have made the resolution o...

BIDPA Newsletter August 2015

"BIDPA Newsletter is produced by the BIDPA library and provides an update of research and consultancy projects, and other general activities. Over the years BIDPA has consolidated its position as a recognised think tank, and remains steadfast in ...

Understanding Land Acquisitions in Namibia's Communal Land: Impacts and Policy Implications

The Namibian government received proposals from multinational agribusinesses to develop large-scale agricultural irrigation projects. While only a few of these proposed large-scale projects have materialised, the magnitude of their impacts on ru...

Large-Scale Land Deals in Southern Africa: Voices of the People

"The dramatic growth in big land deals over the past decade is a phenomenon not specific to Southern Africa. It is part of what has been termed a ‘global land rush’ following food price spikes, financial crisis and fuel price volatility (and grow...

Emploi des Jeunes et Migration en Afrique de l'Ouest (EJMAO) / Youth Employment and Migration in West Africa

The project "Youth Employment and Migration in West Africa" (EJMAO) aims to explore policies to address the challenges of employment which West African societies are facing. The research aims to improve its understanding of the challenges young pe...

Export Competitiveness of Botswana’s Beef Industry

"We investigate Botswana’s beef export competitiveness using indices of Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA) and data for the period 1961-2011. Results indicate that Botswana has been the most competitive SADC beef exporter, and that it has compar...

Key to the Horn Ethiopia’s Prospects to 2030

Ethiopia’s current path of development is explored in this brief, as well as the policies which are examined that could accelerate Ethiopia’s growth, support the country’s transition to lower-middle income status and advance human development up t...

Prendre en Compte les Droits Collectifs Pastoraux dans la Reforme Fonciere au Senegal / Acknowledgement of the Pastoral Collective Rights in the Land Reform Process in Senegal

The purpose of this paper is to review the policy and legal framework related to pastoral activities, to define the stakes of the articulation between land governance and pastoralism, and to formulate recommendations to policymakers, in particular...

Rapport de Synthèse des Ateliers Paysans sur la Réforme Foncière et les Enjeux de Sécurisation Foncière des Exploitations Familiales au Sénégal / Synthesis Report of the Peasant Workshop on Land Reform and the Challenges of Land Tenure Security for Family

As part of the policy of economic liberalization, donors exerted strong pressure on the government of Senegal to reform the land policy. This pressure initially resulted in measures taken by the State to withdraw the SAED from the management of la...

Improving the Productivity of Small Scale Cassava Farmers in Nigeria's Niger Delta through Participatory Action Research

In order to improve the productivity of small scale farmers and be successful in these endeavours, the introduction of new and modern farming techniques is essential to push for the increase both on the land and labour productivity. Modern and i...

Harnessing the Demographic Dividend : The Future We Want for Zambia

This study report showed that Zambia can harness a sizeable demographic dividend. Zambia should adopt policies and prioritize investments aimed at accelerating fertility reduction through voluntary and rights based interventions and education to o...

Vers des Régimes efficients de la Concurrence par le Renforcement des Capacités dans des pays Sélectionnés d’Afrique de l’ouest / Towards Efficient Regimes of Competition through Capacity Building in Selected West African Countries

This project aims, firstly, to overcome the difficulty of finding information on current competition regimes in West African countries, and secondly, to support a program to promote culture of competition in the target countries. The purpose of th...

WTO Ministerial Commitments from Nairobi: Key Issues for South Africa at MC11

At the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference, held in Nairobi from 15–19 December 2015, members agreed on several outcomes relating to public stockholding, export competition, cotton, domestic support and a special safeguard mechanism for developing c...

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 th...

Ending Rural Hunger: The Case of Senegal

Senegal is prone to food insecurity based on its low level of access to and quality of food. Using food and nutrition security (FNS) data from the global Ending Rural Hunger (ERH) project and local sources, this paper argues that poor quality of f...

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