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Evaluating Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa: Support for Agricultural Development

"In South Africa, land reform has to be more than securing land rights and transferring a certain number of hectares to black people. Broadly speaking, it has to take into account the uneven spatial development patterns created under colonial and...

Contested Paradigms of 'Viability' in Redistributive Land Reform: Perspectives from Southern Africa

"‘Viability’ is a key term in debates about land reform in southern African and beyond, and is used in relation to both individual projects and programmes. ‘Viability’ connotes ‘successful’ and ‘sustainable’ - but what is meant by viability in rel...

The Impact of Land Restitution and Land Reform on Livelihoods

"This thematic paper investigates emerging trends evident in the limited literature available on the impact of land restitution on livelihoods, and suggests ways of thinking about, and planning for, livelihoods. The paper has a two-fold emphasis:...

Creating a Zambian Breadbasket: ' Land Grabs' and Foreign Investments in Agriculture in Mkushi District, Zambia

"It is said that Zambia contains over 40 percent of Southern Africa’s water resources, with much of its irrigation potential unrealized. Yet, it remains to be seen if Zambia holds true as an ideal place for agricultural investments and if such co...

Information and Communication Technologies and Agricultural Development in Sub Saharan Africa: Transformation and Employment Generation

"This paper uses secondary information to give an overview of applications of ICT for economic change in the agricultural sector, as well as for the socio-economic transformation of the wider agrarian economy. Its objective in doing this is to ide...

Lessons on Scaling Up: Opportunities and Challenges for the Future

"Agriculture and rural development are essential components of economic growth and the battle against poverty, hunger, and malnutrition worldwide. In the developing world, investment in agriculture was much neglected in recent decades by governmen...

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Catalyzing Agricultural Innovation

"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a very recent entrant in the agricultural development space. We have been active in this area for just over five years, yet we quickly became a major donor and advocate for smallholder agricultural developme...

Potential of Coffee to Uplift People out of Poverty in Northern Uganda

The study's objective was to analyze the potential of expanding coffee production in Uganda, and the resultant poverty reduction effect. The study, specifically examined the contribution of coffee production towards poverty reduction. The direct w...

Study of Technological and Farming Systems Adaptation to Climate Change in Farming Communities of Enugu State, nigeria

"Climate change has a cumulative effect on natural resources including agricultural resources and the balance of nature. Its effects are already visible in Enugu state and Nigeria in general. In Nigeria and Enugu state in particular, varieties o...

Transformation of Agriculture for Wealth Creation Involvement of UPDF in NAADS Programme and its Effectiveness

The focus of this 56th State of the Nation (STON) Platform was on the future of agriculture in Uganda and in particular the role of the military in implementation of NAADS. The government, academic, technical, civil society and private sector part...

Space, Markets and Employment in Agricultural Development: Malawi Country Report

"This paper set out to examine the nature of the farm and non-farm employment links in rural Malawi by contrasting two farming systems: smallholder and estate sectors. The smallholder sector is dominated by small owner-operated farms using mainly ...

Technological Challenges of Climate Change Adaptation in Nigeria: Insights from Enugu State

"Climate change impacts depend on a range of the climate parameters' changes and on the country's social, cultural, geographical and economic backgrounds. The location and size of, and the characteristics relief in Nigeria especially Enugu state g...

Can Agriculture Contribute to Inclusive Rural Economies? Findings from Southern Africa

"If agricultural development is to contribute to economic growth, it has to do more than increase the productivity or efficiency of farming. It also needs to contribute to employment in the rural non-farm sector. This is because increases in the ...

Effects of Regional Trade Agreements on Strategic Agricultural Trade in Africa and its Implications to Food Security: Evidence from Gravity Model Estimation

"The problems of African agricultural development have been at the forefront of the debate on Africa’s development since the Lagos Plan of Action in 1963. During the 2004 AU meeting in Sirte, Libya and subsequently in the 2006 AU/NEPAD Summit on F...

The Constraints to Irish Potato Value Chain Financing in Uganda

This brief summarizes the findings from the potato value chain study on what constrains the financing of potato value chain activities in Kigezi sub-region. Increased access to cheap finance, is one of the major pathways to enhancing potato produc...

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa Smallholder Agriculture And Advocacy Groups In Tanzania

"Stepping out of the hope of freedom and into the arms of the free market, many sub-Saharan African countries, including Tanzania, took on the liberalisation and privatisation packages of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the e...

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa Agricultural Policy-Making in Kenya

"This study examines the historical and current performance of the smallholder sector in Kenya. It analyses some of the strategies smallholders and their allies have forged to respond to the diminishing government budgetary allocations to the sect...

Facing the Challenges of Development in a Post Conflict Transition Select Workshop Papers and Reports Rwanda Chapter 2001 - 2005

"Chapter 1 of this book performs two tasks. The first one is to posit the Rwanda Chapter in the context of Rwanda socio-economic development sphere. It is describing the Rwanda economy and how it has shaped the discourses in Rwanda and Chapter me...

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 inve...

Policy and Institutional Changes for Promoting Investment of Remittances in Kenya’s Agricultural Sector - Report

"There are many investment opportunities in Kenya's agricultural sector and other sectors of the economy, especially in rural areas. Taken from a value chain approach, vast opportunities exist in crop and livestock production, in provision of agri...

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