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Waiting for a Green Revolution

"Predictions of a Green Revolution in Africa are overstated. Investment in African agriculture has been neglected by governments and donors. The proportion of aid allocated to agriculture fell from 17% in 1980 to 3% in 2005. Population growth and d…

Making Fertiliser Subsidies Work in Malawi

"These notes highlight the role of fertiliser subsidies in Malawi, the world’s fifth poorest country. Malawi has suffered recurrent poor harvests, with disastrous consequences for food security since the early 1990s. Yields have improved significant…

Assessing Market Distortions Affecting Poverty Reduction Efforts On Smallholder Tobacco Production in Tanzania

"This study attempts to analyse the efficiency of production, the degree of distortion in the markets and the pattern of incentives for smallholder tobacco growers in Songea,Tanzania. A Policy Analysis Matrix (PAM)of the tobacco production and marke…

Changes in the Upland Irrigation System and Implications for Rural Poverty Alleviation A Case of the Ndiwa Irrigation System, West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania

"Rural poverty is a major problem in Tanzania that has become the focus of different development strategies. Poverty alleviation is a priority objective in the national development strategies. Inadequate and unreliable rainfall has restricted the po…

The Role of Traditional Irrigation Systems in Poverty Alleviation in Semi Arid Areas : The Case of Chamazi in Lushoto District, Tanzania

"This study investigates the role of the Chamazi farming system in alleviating poverty in the semi-arid low lands of Lushoto district. It was conducted in seven villages between 6th March and 29th March 2002. The villages, which administratively are…

The Use of Sustainable Irrigation for Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania:The Case of Smallholder Irrigation Schemes in Igurusi, Mbarali District

"Irrigation has been found to be a central key part in curbing food scarcity not only in Tanzania but also in many other developing countries. The continued dependence on rainfall in agriculture has proved incapable of sustaining the population inc…

The Use of Labour Intensive Irrigation Technologies in Alleviating Poverty in Majengo, Mbeya Rural District

"This study investigates the role of small scale labour intensive irrigation technologies on poverty alleviation among small scale farmers in Majengo area in Mbeya rural district. The assumption behind the study is that unreliability and inadequacy …

Poverty and Human Development Report 2011

"This year’s report explores the interplay between economic growth, productive employment and poverty reduction to identify policy options that can make future growth in Tanzania more inclusive and pro-poor. The report argues that managing structur…

The Status of Growth and the Reduction of Income Poverty in Tanzania

"This brief summarises the status of Mkhukuta's cluster I as reported in Chapter 1 of the 2007 Poverty and Human Development Report (PHDR). The 2007 PHDR provides key information and data on national indicators, gives a framework for determining a s…

Spatial Analysis of Livestock Production Patterns in Ethiopia

"The livestock sector is a large contributor to the Ethiopian economy as well as a mainstay in the livelihoods of many Ethiopians. It comprised 11 percent of national GDP and 24 percent of agricultural GDP between the years of 1995/96 and 2005/06 (N…

An overview of Chinese Agricultural and Rural Engagement in Tanzania

"The recent expansion of Chinese economic engagement in Africa is often poorly documented and not well understood. This paper is the second in an IFPRI-sponsored effort to better understand Chinese engagement in Africa’s agricultural sector. A clear…

Policy Options for Land Reform in South Africa: New Institutional Mechanisms?

"Since the 2005 Land Summit, new approaches to land reform have been on the agenda, yet there remains little clarity on the way forward. The main focus has been on means of accelerating the redistribution of land through new modes of acquiring land.…

BIDPA Newsletter December 2011

This newsletter contains the following topics; BIDPA Undertakes Policy Analysis Workshop for Non-State Actors focused on the following themes: Understanding the policy cycle; policy development and analysis; policy implementation, monitoring and e…

The European Union and South Africa: Reaching Agreement?

"South Africa's ongoing negotiations with the European Union (EU) for a Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement have evoked immense interest, not only in Europe and Southern Africa, but also further afield, and at a level unprecedented for any…

AGOA, Africa and Agriculture: South Africa's Experience

"It is generally agreed that African exports of agricultural goods are well below potential and that the continent would gain significantly from the liberalisation of world agricultural markets. This paper aims to uncover some of the truths and untr…

Promoting Agriculture Sector Growth and Development A Comparative Analysis of Uganda’s Political Party Manifestos (2011-2016)

"This paper is an analytical comparison of the promises made by Uganda’s different political parties in their manifestos (2011 – 2016) with regard to the measures proposed to address the challenges facing the agriculture sector. The comparison is…

Drivers and Sustainability of Agricultural Growth In Nigeria

"This paper evaluates the factors that drive Nigeria’s agricultural growth with an intent to inform and stimulate appropriate policy responses for growth sustainability. Using hypothesized traditional factor inputs, the study estimated a global agri…

Increasing Agricultural Sector Financing Why it Matters for Uganda’s Socio-Economic Transformation

"This paper identifies and discusses a number of challenges for the financing of the agricultural sector in Uganda. The paper notes that although the role of agriculture in poverty reduction and overall growth in Uganda is well recognized, investme…

The Nigerian Economy and Efforts Towards Accelerated Growth

"The story of the post-independence economy of Nigeria, as most ex-colonial countries in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), is a mixed tale of good intentions, reforms, reversals and increased sense of the likely prolonged and lingering crisis of poverty and…

Driving and Sustaining Agricultural Growth in Nigeria

"Overall, the study has shown that Nigerian agricultural output growth is directly related to the growth of factor input, implying a positive TFP. But, the negative outlook of the trend of TFP shows that growth might not indeed be sustainable in the…

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