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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...

Sustainable Livelihoods and Resilience: Capacity Statement

Agriculture accounts for around 30% of Africa’s GDP in low-income countries, but over 58% of all Africans are engaged in agriculture. In many countries this jumps to over 80%. Over 70% of poor Africans live in rural areas, and food production is c...

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...

The Booming Peruvian Avocado Sector: Lessons for Kenya

The Peruvian experience highlights the importance of public interventions to develop the value chain. In this case, the agro-export boom was preceded by policies to encourage private large-scale actors. These private enterprises led to the ident...

Rural Banditry and Social Conflicts in Plateau State

The study revealed that displacement is the single most recurring and severe effect of cattle rustling and social conflicts across the five select LGAs in the state. This is followed by loss of livelihood ahead of loss of lives. This finding sugg...

The Experience and Challenges of Women in the SADC Region: The Case of Trade and Agriculture Sectors

The trade and agricultural sectors play a key role in socio-economic development of the SADC region. Across the world evidence suggests that trade is an engine of growth, but agriculture on the other hand remains central to poverty reduction. Wome...

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...

Non-farm Employment, Agricultural Intensification and Productivity Change: Empirical Findings from Uganda

African researchers assess synergies and tradeoffs for agricultural intensification and productivity when farm households diversify into non-farm employment in Uganda. In this study, a team of local researchers finds that non-farm income can prote...

Locus of Control and Technology Adoption in Africa: Evidence from Ethiopia

We investigate the implication of farmers’ locus of control on their technology adoption decisions. Our empirical analysis is based on two longitudinal surveys and hypothetical choice exercises conducted on Ethiopian farmers. We find that locus ...

Does Gender Matter in the Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Technologies? A Case of Push-Pull Technology in Kenya

This paper examines if there is difference in the adoption of push-pull technology and other sustainable agricultural practices on plots managed by males, females and plots that are jointly-managed by males and females using plot level and gende...

Job Creation in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in South Africa: An Analysis of Employment Trends, Opportunities and Constraints in Forestry and Wood Products Industries

This report is one of five studies of opportunities and constraints related to employment creation in rural South Africa, with a view towards informing policy. South African forestry and wood products industries are well established, international...

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 ...

Exploring Growth Linkages and Market Opportunities for Agriculture in Southern Africa

"Considering the heterogeneity of the countries of southern Africa and the presence of South Africa and other middle-income countries in the region, southern Africa has a unique opportunity to exploit agricultural potential and regional trade o...

Managing Scarcity : Human Adaptation in East African Drylands

"This paper is based primarily on the findings of the Red Sea Area research Programme (RESAP) and it actually highlights some of those findings. It attempts to trace some of the social changes that occurred among the Beja nomadic communities of t...

Agricultural Productivity, Climate Change and the Entrepreneurship of Smallholder Farmers: Case of the Central and Western Regions of Liberia

"Liberia was making frantic efforts towards achieving food security through improvements in smallholder farmers’ productivity. However, the 1989-2003 civil conflict destroyed the economic life of the country, and reversed the positive trend toward...

Strategic Options for Small-scale Maize Seed System Development in West and Central Africa

"Seed can play a critical role in increasing agricultural productivity. It is an essential, strategic and an inexpensive input that often determines crop yields and the productivity of all other agricultural inputs. Taking into consideration the ...

Value Addition in the Coffee Industry in Kenya: Lessons from the Cut Flower Sector

"The cut flower industry in Kenya is characterised by a number of features which result in the relatively large proportion of value added accruing to farmers. The vertically integrated value chain enables the sector to adjust and respond quickly ...

Agriculture, Growth and Rural Poverty Reduction in Africa: Fallacies, Contexts and Priorities for Research

"This paper is concerned with the links between agriculture, growth and rural poverty reduction in Africa. The perceived wisdom is that agriculture is key for growth for Africa, and that agricultural growth is key for rural poverty reduction. We c...

L’impact des Réformes de Politiques Commerciales sur l’agriculture / The Impact of Trade Policy Reforms on Agriculture

The liberalization of trade, conducted under the auspices of the WTO, affects the structure and performance of the agricultural sector. After describing the evolution of agricultural supply and its contribution to GDP, we analyzed its relative wei...

The Potential for Export Diversification in Botswana

"The analysis presented in this overview report concluded that while the international market for ostrich products remains buoyant, it is also highly volatile. As a niche product, ostrich meat it is subject to shifting consumer preferences simi...

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