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Ending Rural Hunger: The Case of Senegal

Senegal is prone to food insecurity based on its low level of access to and quality of food. Using food and nutrition security (FNS) data from the global Ending Rural Hunger (ERH) project and local sources, this paper argues that poor quality of foo…

Trends and Drivers of Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria

"Agriculture is the economic mainstay of the majority of households in Nigeria and is a significant sector in Nigeria’s economy. The important benefits of the agricultural sector to Nigeria’s economy include: the provision of food, contribution to t…

Options for Enhancing Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria

"Since 2003, economic growth in Nigeria has been strong. Annual GDP grew by 9.1 percent per annum between 2003 and 2005 and by 6.1 percent per annum between 2006 and 2008. Much of this growth can be attributed to the non-oil economy which has grown…

Constraints to Increasing Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria: A Review

"This paper reviews the constraints hindering growth of agricultural productivity in Nigeria by - providing an overview of the policy environment that affects agricultural productivity, - establishing how the policy environment affects productivit…

Potential Productivity and Economic Outcomes from Adopting both Agricultural Technology and Extension

There is low level of agricultural technology adoption across Uganda. Most farming households using fertilizer apply it on local seed; majority of farmers don’t use either improved seed, fertilizer and also do not receive extension support—this pres…

Impact of the Farmer Input Support Policy on Agricultural Production Diversity and Dietary Diversity in Zambia

With vast and abundant natural resources such as land and water, Zambia has great potential to achieve self-sufficiency in agricultural production and hence meet her nutritional needs. Despite this endowment, poverty and malnutrition levels remain s…

Agenda for Sustainable Economic Transformation Post-COVID-19 in Nigeria

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a debilitating effect on the Nigerian economy. Specifically, the combination of lockdown measures and the global slowdown of economic activities led to the contraction of Nigeria’s GDP by 6.1% in the second quarter of 2…

Cost Benefit Analysis of Stimulating Farmer Uptake of Irrigation in Malawi

Creating wealth through agriculture has been a long-running development goal in Malawi. Within the country, irrigation is viewed as a valuable opportunity and has increased substantially for smallholder farmers, quadrupling from 15,988 ha in 2011 to…

Climate Change and its Impacts on the Feasibility and Sustainability of Small-scale Systems of Agricultural Production in Communal Areas and on Farms Transferred through Land Reform

This paper is intended to provide context and support discussion on the potential impacts of climate on small-scale farming systems in South Africa and the resulting socio-economic impacts, including in the context of black smallholder farmers in co…

The Gender Gap in Smallholder Agricultural Productivity: The Case of Cameroon

Using plot-level data from Cameroon, we document how gender disparity in productivity varies according to how plot headship is defined and distinguished by gender. We account for selectivity bias and obtain direct and indirect drivers of gender disp…

The Mitigating Impact of Land Tenure Security on Drought-induced Food Insecurity: Evidence from Rural Malawi

This paper investigates the interaction between land tenure security and food security in agriculture-dependent households. We explore household variation in land tenure security and drought shocks across villages to investigate the extent to which …

The Impact of Soil Degradation on Agricultural Production and Food Security in Burkina Faso

Based on a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model, the study examines the impact of land degradation on agricultural production and food security using three policy approaches: irrigation schemes, subsidies for agricultural inputs and equipment,…

Evaluation Rapide du Mecanisme de Dotation des Ressources du Fadec-Agriculture aux Commune? / Evaluation of the Mechanism for the Allocation of Fadec-Agriculture’s Resources to Municipalities

FADeC-Agriculture, set up in 2015 and identified in 2019 as the main tool for financing the Decentralization and Deconscentration plan (P2D), is a mechanism to allocate agricultural resources to municipalities in Benin. Despite the efforts made at c…

Modes of Access to Land, and Gender-related Productivity Gap in Burkina Faso

This study analyses the sources of gender-related productivity gap, and measures the impact of land access patterns on the productivity gap in Burkina Faso. The data used in this research are drawn from the latest available study on living standards…

Modes of Access to Land and Gender-Related Productivity Gap in Burkina Faso – Policy Brief

This study analyses the sources of gender-related productivity gap and measures the impact of land access patterns on the productivity gap in Burkina Faso. The data used in this research are drawn from the latest available study on the measurement o…

The Impact of Soil Degradation on Agricultural Production and Food Security in Burkina Faso - Policy Brief

Based on a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model, the study examines the impact of land degradation on agricultural production and food security using three policy approaches: irrigation schemes, subsidies for agricultural inputs and equipment,…

Non-farm Employment, Agricultural Intensification and Productivity Change: Empirical Findings from Uganda

African researchers assess synergies and tradeoffs for agricultural intensification and productivity when farm households diversify into non-farm employment in Uganda. In this study, a team of local researchers finds that non-farm income can protect…

Fostering a Sustainable Agro-Industralisation Agenda in Uganda

The report presents a case for activating transformative agro-industrialisation (AGI) in the context of Uganda’s proposed national industrial policy. The report outlines the urgent need for government to shift the country’s economic centre of gravit…

The SADC EPA: How can the Agreement Contribute to Lesotho's Agriculture and Agro-processing Sector Development?

The EU–SADC economic partnership agreement (EPA) came into force in October 2016 and offers Lesotho a number of tariff preferences above competitor countries in the EU market. These preferences become more significant the more processed a product is…

Analysis of Factors That Dictate Farmers to Sell Their Produces Early: Implication for Seasonal Price Fluctuation

In Ethiopia, agricultural markets are characterized by seasonal price fluctuations as price seasonality is a fact of life in any agrarian production system. Prices of agricultural crops typically fall immediately after harvest and rise gradually the…

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