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A Fresh Start for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform?

"This brief shows how existing policies are bifurcated between BEE models for the better off and welfare for the poor. There is now a danger that the two ministries will replicate the dualism of the so-called ‘first’ and ‘second’ economies – an appr…

From Concept to Action: The Protection and Promotion of Farmers' Rights in East Africa

"The importance of plant genetic resources and the need to conserve and sustainably utilize them has been the subject of many regional and international discussions in the last two and a half decades. The thrust of these discussions has centered not…

The Impact of Deforestation of Forest Livelihoods in Ghana

"Forest resources play a large role in income generation and household food security in Ghana, with forestry products providing sustenance and revenue for about 2.5 million people in the country. Between 1990 and 2005, Ghana lost over a quarter of i…

The Complexities of Climate Change Adaptation in South African Agriculture

"Agriculture is a complex and politically contentious industry in South Africa, given its connection to food security, water, health and land reform, and the historic resource imbalances between black and white farmers. As a large country with many …

The Quest for Affordable Food: Prospects in the Doha Round for Net Food-importing Developing Countries

"In the past few years, a sharp rise in the price of food commodities has caused a critical global food crisis, increasing the food bill of consumers in a way that deeply affects the food security of low-income societies, whose members spend more th…

Biofuel Technology Transfer in IBSA: Lessons for South Africa and Brazil

The success of biofuel production in Brazil (bioethanol in particular) is recognised as a tangible point of collaboration in the India–Brazil– South Africa (IBSA) Forum. Sharing knowledge and systematic technology transfer on biofuels can strengthen…

Optimising Policy Space in the Context of Increasing International Support for CAADP

"The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is a pan-African vehicle that translates the vision of the NEPAD Planning and Co-ordinating Agency (NPCA) into an operational framework to guide agriculture-led development. CAADP’s…

Blame the rulers, not the rain: Democracy and food security in Zambia and Zimbabwe

The Southern African region is threatened by a famine and 5 of the 6 affected countries are democracies. However the current crisis raises serious questions about the strength of their democratic institutions and their ability to provide a basic lev…

Why Africa Can Make it Big in Agriculture

"Self-sufficiency in food production is the new mantra of donors and policymakers in Africa. But farmers, large and small, can be much more ambitious. Agriculture is the continent’s most neglected – and important – potential competitive advantage. I…

The Impact of Climate Change in Africa

"This paper is concerned with the fact that African nations are among the lightest polluters, yet analysts say they will suffer the most from climate change in their pursuit of water and food security, sustainable development, and political and econ…

Climate Change and Transboundary Water Resource Conflicts in Africa

"This paper argues that unless a basin-wide development planning is considered a viable solution to conflict resolution and poverty reduction, such increasing water scarcity is likely to generate more regional conflicts. In addition, the need to shi…

Making Agriculture Pro-Nutrition: Opportunities in Tanzania

"Extreme poverty and chronic malnutrition are widespread in rural Tanzania, where smallholder agriculture dominates the economy. Given the sector’s role as the main source of food and livelihood for many malnourished people, agriculture has substant…

Understanding China's Agricultural Investments in Africa

"Although agricultural growth has increased in Africa in recent years, food security remains a severe challenge. International organisations and programmes, such as the UN millennium development goals, have called for greater investment in Africa …

Leveraging Services: Trade Liberalisation for Enhanced Food Security in SADC

"The global food crisis of 2008 threw into sharp relief the problem of food security in many developing countries. In the case of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the food crisis served to highlight the decline in agricultural pro…

Is Food Insecurity More Severe in South Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa? A Comparative Analysis Using Household Expenditure Survey Data

"This paper uses data from national household expenditure surveys to explore whether food insecurity is more severe in South Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa. It employs two indicators of the diet quantity dimension of food insecurity, or the inability t…

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 2, July 2004

This journal contains articles on economic stability and growth in Africa as well as on food security. The article Troubling signs mark Kagame’s path to unity focus on the 10 years that the Rwandese Patriotic Front has been in power. The last articl…

SADC Barometer Issue 5 April 2004

This issue focus on food security and agriculture with the following articles: Zambia: Food, agriculture and natural resources; Zimbabwe’s Commercial farming expertise; SADC needs a common land reform policy; The nexus between water security and pov…

Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security in Rural Nigeria: An Assessment of the Challenges, Information Needs, and Analytical Capacity

"Nigeria is still characterized by high reliance on food imports. Malnutrition is widespread in the entire country and rural areas are especially vulnerable to chronic food shortages, malnutrition, unbalanced nutrition, erratic food supply, poor qua…

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, December 2003

Looks at some of the big issues in African agriculture and profiles some important new models of success, including India and Israel. Looks at joint venture successes. Refers to water scarcity options

Trade in genetically modified foods: Decoding Southern African Regulatory approaches

"The central theme of this book is the assertion that despite potential risks agricultural biotechnology can be effectively harnessed to ensure food security and general economic prosperity in Southern Africa. Rautenbach's chapter exposes the gra…

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