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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 mar...

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 ...

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 a...

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 i...

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 inadequac...

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...

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...

A Delicate Balance: Land Use, Minority Rights and Social Stability in the Horn of Africa

"The authors of the various chapters examine whether investments amount to an additional threat to the lives and livelihoods of pastoralists (the others being climate change, land degradation, conflict, invasive species and others) or if investmen...

Creating and Wasting Fiscal Space: Zambian Fiscal Performance 2002–2011

"Following three decades of economic mismanagement and decline, Zambia has experienced sustained economic growth since the turn of the century. The combination of rapid growth, reduced public expenditure, increased mining taxation and debt relief ...

L'Analyse Critique des Differentes Etudes Produites par le Gouvernement, les Acteurs non Etatiques et les Partenaires au Developpement sur le Foncier et Portant sur la Place Reservee aux Droits Collectifs Fonciers /Critical Analysis of the Various Studies

The primary purpose of these studies is mainly to document situations and realities to enable the implementation of public projects and development programs. But still, the inclusion of collective rights now become essential and a responsibility o...

L’Engagement de Maputo: le Mot d’Ordre a-t-il été Respecté? / The Maputo Commitment: Has the Watchword been Respected?

"In the early 2000s, in a context of growing food insecurity, African States committed themselves to increase their efforts for agriculture, aware of the importance of this sector in economic development, the fight against poverty and the improvem...

Notre d'Orientation sur l'Importance de la Prise en Compte des Droits Fonciers Communautaires dans le Processus de Reforme Fonciere / Orientation and Guidance on the Importance of the Inclusion of Community Land Rights in the Land Reform Process

One cannot deny the existence of a land generalized malaise, born of a conflict of logic between modernized land rights (granted by the state) essentially of individual nature and traditional rights (often self granted by the farmer) essentially c...

Agri Food System Governance and Service Delivery in Uganda A Case Study of Tororo District

"This is a case study of agri-food system governance and service delivery in Uganda. The paper is part of a broader regional collaborative project aimed at making agri-food systems work for the rural poor in Eastern and Southern Africa. The study ...

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2014

In ‘South Africa and South-South Approaches to Post-conflict Development in Africa’ since 1994, promoting cordial and strategic relations with other countries in the Global South has been a key objective of South Africa’s foreign policy. Until rec...

Food Aid, Agriculture and the African Farmer : A Curator's Egg

This paper was intended to contribute to the debate about aid and development in Africa by focusing specifically on food aid and its various impacts on African agriculture and, by extension, on African farmers. Our explorations have led us down th...

Developing Capacities and Opportunities for Youth Engagement in the Agricultural Value Chain and Transformation

"Young people have the potential to make significant contributions to agricultural development at various levels, broadly defined here as the agricultural value chain. It is therefore critical to groom emerging professionals and entrepreneurs to c...

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...

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...

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 ...

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