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Commercialisation, Deagrarianisation and the Accumulation/Reproduction Dynamic: Massive Maize Production Schemes in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

"The post-apartheid era has seen the South African government trying to reverse ‘deagrarianisation’ in the former homelands by introducing ‘modern’ farming techniques and agribusiness principles. This paper situates the massive maize schemes curren…

Reducing The Maize Yield Gap In Ethiopia: Analysis And Policy Simulation

Ethiopia can be considered a success story for maize production as, apart from South Africa, it is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa that has shown substantial progress in maize productivity and input use. After a period of limited growth, yie…

Impact of Agricultural Input Subsidy on Nutritional Outcomes in Malawi

The study examined the effect of agricultural input subsidy on nutrition in Malawi. Our research question was to find out how Malawi’s farm input subsidy programme (FISP) affects nutrition? Household panel data from the Malawi Integrated Household P…

Technical Efficiency of Small-scale Maize Producers in Benin

Given the importance of maize as a food crop in Benin and the objectives of the country regarding this product in terms of food security and exports, a study on maize production is of primary importance. This study aims to analyze the way small-scal…

Technical Efficiency of Small-Scale Maize Producers in Benin - Policy Brief

Given the importance of maize as a food crop in Benin and the objectives of the country regarding this product in terms of food security and exports, a study on maize production is of primary importance. This study aims to analyse the way small-scal…

A Pathway to Adoption of Yield-enhancing Agricultural Technologies among the Rural Poor: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Benin

We tested a novel way of encouraging the adoption of improved maize seeds in Benin. In the treatment group, farmers were provided with intensive agricultural-extension support and a full package of inputs to test on one of their plots. In the contr…

Credit Rationing and Maize Productivity in Burkina Faso

Access to credit constitutes a major challenge for agricultural productivity improvement in rural Burkina Faso. This paper analyses the impact of credit rationing on maize producers’ technical efficiency, using survey data collected in 2014. Applyin…

Considerations on the Role of Institutions and Networks in the Bioeconomy: Three Case Studies from Ghana and Brazil

An increasing number of governments around the world have developed a bioeconomy strategy. These strategies have important implications for the agricultural sector, technological innovation as well as sustainability and food security. The cross-cutt…

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