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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 development…

Does Rapid Agricultural Growth Require a System of Innovation? Evidence from Ghana and Burkina Faso

The hypothesis of the ‘systems of innovation’ is being tested in this paper for a selection of crops in Ghana and Burkina Faso that have shown significant growth in production over an approximately 20-year period. The question is whether such growth…

Agricultural Innovations and Adaptations to Climate Change Effects and Food Security in Central Africa: Case of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Central Africa Republic

"Climate change is increasingly altering ecosystems which are the foundations of agricultural productivity worldwide. This has brought uncertainties in the use of farm inputs as well as food security. Challinor et al. (2009) noted that uncertainties…

Policy Axes that can Uphold Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptations & Food Security in Central Africa: Case of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Central Republic of Africa

"This paper sought to find policies that can promote agricultural innovations for climate change adaptation and food security in Central Africa. Given the characteristics of climate change and policy gaps as shown above, it is imperative to pursue p…

Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in West Africa: The Case of Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia

Despite international efforts, poverty has become more widespread in many countries in the last decade, making poverty reduction the core challenge for development in the 21st century.The incidences of food insecurity and poverty are particularly …

Modelling the Economy-Wide Impact of Technological Innovation and Mapping Agricultural Potential: The case of Burkina Faso

In this study, we develop an economy wide model for Burkina Faso to assess the most promising opportunities for technological innovations to enhance maize production and productivity and their economywide effects. We simulate the implementation of t…

Modelling the Economy-Wide Impact of Technological Innovation and Mapping Agricultural Potential: The case of Malawi

This discussion paper analyzes the economy-wide impact of a series of agricultural innovations in Malawi. Using an agricultural focused computable general equilibrium model disaggregated to reflect Malawi agro-ecological zones, we simulate three sce…

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