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Cost Implications of Agricultural Land Degradation in Ghana: An Economywide, Multimarket Model Assessment

"An economywide, multimarket model is constructed for Ghana and the effects of agricultural soil erosion on crop yields are explicitly modeled at the subnational regional level for eight main staple crops. The model is used to evaluate the aggregat…

Determinants of Technical Efficiency Differentials Amongst Small- and Medium-Scale Farmers in Uganda: A Case of Tobacco Growers

"The principal objective of this study,using tobacco farmers as a case study, is to identify factors that influence their technical efficiencies. The specific objectives are twofold: First, the study seeks to estimate farmer-specific technical effi…

Mediating Land Conflict in Burundi : A Documentation and Analysis Project

"Part I of this report highlights the multiple challenges that Burundi experiences in terms of the repatriation and reintegration of refugees, as well as reconciliation between different societal groups. It underlines the importance of land tenure f…

Conflict in Ugadan's Land Tenure

"Uganda’s dualist land tenure system is a root cause of conflict over land use and ownership. The current land tenure laws facilitate land alienation, threaten livelihoods and contribute to food insecurity.Given the nature of land disputes in Uganda…

Nigeria: Seizing the Moment in the Niger Delta

Excerpt: "The report of the government-constituted Technical Committee on the Niger Delta, submitted to Nigeria’s President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on 1 December 2008, offers an opportunity to reduce violent conflict significantly and begin longer-term …

Land Grabbing and Land Reform: Diamonds, Rubber and Forests in the New Liberia

"This report, co-published by PAC and Green Advocates in Monrovia, describes Liberia’s timber, rubber and diamond sectors. It lays out what must be done by the Liberian government and civil society, as well as the donor agencies, companies and NGOs …

Labour Reform in South Africa: Measuring Regulation and a Synthesis of Policy Suggestions

"Even though the South African economy is formally categorised as an upper-middle income country, it has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. The economy’s unemployment rate stands officially at 26.7 per cent and 38.8 per cent. This c…

Incomplete Intermediary Coordination and its Effects on Productivity of Sugarcane in Tanzania

Underpinning the key proposition of this study is that raising productivity among cane outgrowers in Tanzania is limited by the industry’s characteristics of production and incomplete intermediary organization. While the existing intermediary organi…

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 on …

Note sur la Gouvernance Fonciere a l'Aune de la Nouvelle Politique de Decentralisation et d'Amenagement du Territoire au Senegal / Note on Land Governance Against the New Policy of Decentralization and the Organization of the Senegalese Territory

The rural economy is based on the revenues from natural resources. The population of rural communities exercise customary land rights. Therefore, any reform that seeks to question this deal will be subject to disapproval from the local people as was…

Optimization Study for Core Road Network Planning to Link Zambia

"This report presents an assessment of the importance of different road sections and corridors (“projects”) prioritized based on transportation efficiency, accessibility and socio-economic characteristics. The Zambian road network is undergoing sign…

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 investments…

The Right to Land and Justice for Women in Africa - African Women’s Land Rights Conference

The objectives of the meeting was to share knowledge, case studies and testimonies and engage in discussion, drawing on the wide experience and empirical information on the status and new knowledge relating to Women’s Rights to Land within the conti…

Land Constraints and Agricultural Intensification in Ethiopia A Village-level Analysis of High-Potential Areas

"Highland Ethiopia is one of the most densely populated regions of Africa and has long been associated with both Malthusian disasters and Boserupian agricultural intensification. This paper explores the race between these two countervailing forces, …

Advocacy Toolkit For Small Holder Farmers in Africa

Advocacy can be defined as speaking out and demanding what one needs. Farmers need tools that can help boost agriculture in their villages. This tool must be used to facilitate the improvement of rural infrastructure such as roads and further enable…

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa Modernisation of Smallholder Agriculture and Policy Making in Uganda

"Agriculture is the backbone of Uganda’s economy and an important driver of economic development and poverty reduction. Approximately 73% of Ugandans depend on agriculture. However, the sector currently faces many multifaceted challenges which incl…

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa / Advocacy for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development: The Case of Malawi

"Malawi has several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that work within the agricultural sector. These CSOs advocate on behalf of the smallholder farmers for a more enabling environment to improve smallholder farmers’ productivity including better …

En Conférence à l’Endss : La Goana va Conduire à une Révolte Paysanne, prédit Jacques Faye / Conference at the Endss: the Goana Will Lead to a Peasant Revolt, Jacques Faye Predicts

"By taking a 1,000ha of land in each rural community, the Goana Plan may deprive the peasants. The latter statement, according to Jacques Faye, former Director of the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (Isra), will not be allowed. Revolt the…

L’Etat ne Peut plus Continuer à Contourner la Réforme Foncière / The State can no Longer Continue to Work Around the Land Reform

"In Senegal, only 65% of arable land are operated at the time when the country is facing a true puzzling food problem. Faced with this situation, the reform of the national domain law remains a pathway of hope if the land are not sold to agro-busine…

Land for Agricultural Development in the Era of 'Land Grabbing': A Spatial Exploration of the 'Marginal Lands' Narrative in Contemporary Ethiopia

"In response to concerns over the potential of land leases for new agricultural projects to displace rural populations and impact food security, the Ethiopian government asserts that only ‘marginal’, ‘barren’ or ‘wasteland’ is being leased to invest…

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