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China-Africa Agricultural Modernization Cooperation: Situation, Challenges and the Path Ahead

African agriculture has grown significantly with the region’s rapid economic transformation in recent years. The share of agriculture in gross domestic product (GDP) has declined significantly, while the share of agricultural employment is still hig…

Efficiency of Food Reserves in Enhancing Food Security in Developing Countries: The Nigerian Experience

As a policy objective, the attainment of food security in Nigeria began facing challenges prior to independence when oil exportation began in 1958. But the challenges became pronounced and persistent after the commencement of large-scale oil expor…

Impacts Macroeconomiques des Maladies Non Transmissibles Liees au Tabac au Senegal / Macroeconomic Impacts of Non-Communicable Diseases Related to Tobacco in Senegal

Non-communicable diseases, for which tobacco is one of the main risk factors, is the world's leading cause of death. They contributed 68% of the 56 million deaths in 2012. These deaths are much more concentrated in low- and middle-income countries.…

A Pathway to Social Protection Development in Uganda: A Synthesis Report

Social protection is situated at the heart of attaining the Global Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s Agenda 2063. This synthesis reviews the institutions, policies, laws, implementation plans and evidence that are alig…

Rethinking Food Security: Agro-Food Systems Change and the Right to Food in Southern Africa

This information resource serves as a practical guide aimed at state officials and policymakers on the right to food and critical perspectives on changing agro-food systems within the context of climate change. It does so by clarifying the entitleme…

Water-Wise: Smart Irrigation Strategies for Africa

The report begins with an overview of the challenges on agricultural systems to make more food available and accessible and lays out the potential of irrigation to make agriculture more productive, efficient and profitable for smallholder farmers. A…

Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU): Evaluation of Integrated Agriculture and Nutrition-sensitive Interventions for the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) Programme in Tanzania

In recent years, agricultural investment in sub-Saharan Africa has increased, leading to increased food production. However, despite increased food production, malnutrition rates are still high. This is because agricultural programmes have traditio…

What Price Cheap Goods? Survivalists, Informalists and Competition in the Township Retail Grocery Trade

About 54% of South Africa’s township microenterprises trade in food or drink. More than two-thirds of these are grocery retail businesses in the form of spaza shops and smaller ‘house shops’. These are the predominant businesses within the ‘township…

The Effect of Rising Food Prices and Policy on Children and Households Nutritional Outcomes in Ethiopia

This study examined the effect of rising food prices and policy on children and households’ nutritional outcomes. Cross and own price elasticities are calculated for the nine food groups. The result suggests that own price increase leads to a decrea…

COVID-19 and Food Security in Ethiopia: Do Social Protection Programs Protect?

We assess the impact of Ethiopia’s flagship social protection program, the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) on the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and nutrition security of households, mothers, and children. We use both pre-pand…

Food Security in the Context of COVID-19: The Public Health Challenge. The Case of the Republic of South Africa

South Africa shows that being food self-sufficient is a far cry from being food secure when poverty is extensive, the majority of people suffer from the “quadruple burden of disease”, the economy is highly unequal, and when improving the quality of …

L'Impact du Programme de Subvention des Engrais far Porte-Monnaie Électronique et ses Incidences sur la Sécurité Alimentaire au Nigeria / The Impact of E-Wallet Fertilizer Subsidy Scheme and its Implication on Food Security in Nigeria

This study examined the impacts of the e-wallet fertilizer subsidy scheme on quantity of fertilizer use, crop output and yield in Nigeria. The study made use of the Nigeria General Household Survey (GHS)-Panel Datasets of 2010/2011 and 2012/2013 whi…

Nexus Between Food Security and Trade in the Run-up to the World Food Systems Summit

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the trade war between China and the US, competing paradigms on the relationship between food trade and security have become more complex than ever ahead of the UN World Food Systems Summit in 2021. The opp…

The Impact of COVID-19 on Small-scale Farming, Food Security and Sovereignty in Africa: A Summary of Discussions among Key Stakeholders in Three Regional Economic Communities

COVID-19 has triggered the second biggest crisis in a decade, and possibly the worst recession ever, whilst many countries have not yet recovered from the 2008 financial crisis. These are unprecedented times that will dramatically increase inequalit…

The Effects of COVID-19 Containment Measures on Local Food Marketing in Delta State, Nigeria

Aside from the health/mortality effects of the pandemic in Nigeria, the seemingly clearer effect is the impact of the social distancing and lockdown measures on the economy. How people make a living and access markets is impacted by covid-19 across …

Increasing Women's Access to Farm Land to Improve Food Security, Productivity and Welfare in Nigeria

Nigeria’s agricultural production is unable to keep up with its population growth, threatening food security in the country. Women’s low participation and contribution to the agricultural sector have been cited as part of the reason for the sector’s…

Selective Review of Food Security Policy Worldwide: What can be Learned from International Experiences in Order to Shape Food Security Policy in Africa? Part II

Food security for all requires sustained productivity growth and competitiveness, not only of agriculture but of the entire economy; a social safety net; and resilience in the face of periodic shocks. This is the central message of this review. Two…

The Impact of COVID-19 on Local Food Production and Informal Food Markets in Nigeria with Niger Delta Region as Case Study

The covid-19 pandemic has had devastating effects in many countries across the World, affecting every aspect of humanity. Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa met the crises in a weak position. Aside from the heath/mortality effects of the pandemic …

Improving Gender Equity in Malawi's Input Subsidies

Women in Malawi have historically been marginalized from income-generating economic activities, despite making up more than 70% of the agricultural labour force and being central to sustaining their households’ livelihoods. Post-marriage settlement …

Impact of Community Development Initiatives and Access to Community Markets on Household Food Security and Nutrition in Ghana

There is evidence that agricultural development and market interventions can improve household food security and nutrition. Households in communities with community development initiatives (such as community farming, electrification, and storage sys…

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