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National and International Actors in the Orchestration of Large-scale Land Deals in Zimbabwe: What's in it for Smallholder Farmers?

"Little research has been done on the possible benefits of large-scale land deals for local communities. This work builds on a recent study that seeks to outline the potential benefits of land deals in terms of infrastructural, human and social d...

Can Smallholder Farmers Address Hunger in the Region? Public Dialogue Report

"Agriculture provides an indispensable part of the livelihoods of the poorest households in southern Africa. The sector is a primary source of income for the rural population and contributes to foreign exchange earnings for southern African econom...

Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Climate Change Awareness in Seke and Murewa Districts of Zimbabwe

"The paper examines the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in contributing to climate change awareness in rural areas. It is based on a cross sectional study that was conducted in Seke and Murewa districts in Mashonaland Eas...

Incidence of Indigenous, Emerging and Innovative Climate Change Adaptation Practices for Smallholder Farmers' Livelihood Security in Chikhwawa District, Southern Malawi

Africa is subject to widespread poverty, recurrent droughts, hostile climate and over dependence on rain-fed agriculture. The majority of farming households in Africa struggle to sustain their livelihoods. Climate change and variability has create...

Enhancing Agricultural Yields by Small-holder Farmers through Integrated Climate Change Adaptation in Sierra Leone

Response to climate change impacts in Sierra Leone is too low, despite the emerging evidence in recent years. Climatic variables such as rainfall and temperature which have shown normal routine of occurrence now give a different picture. There has...

Tracking Effective Indigenous Adaptation Strategies on Impacts of Climate Variability on Food Security and Health of Subsistence Farmers in Tanzania

"Both long and short term changes in climate disproportionately affect regions in both the semi-arid and arid parts of the globe and the more humid tropics. Within these areas, effects of climate change vary across regions, farming and food syste...

Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue

"The dialogue focused on the opportunities for smallholder farmers, who form the majority of the farmers in the region, that are being envisioned and created by the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) as it is being formulated, and the existin...

Smallholder Farming: a Panacea for Employment Creation and Enterprise Development in South Africa? Lessons from the Pro-Poor Value Chain Governance Project in Limpopo Province

"Recent government efforts point to the smallholder sub-sector as a potential source for employment creation and enterprise development. This paper presents an analysis of smallholder farmers’ market participation and the potential links to rural...

Institutional Arrangements and Policy Environment for Managing Risks for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Madagascar

Agriculture forms the livelihood of the overwhelming majority of Malagasy. The main staple crop is rice, occupying about two-thirds of all the available cropland. Producing staples include rice, maize, and cassava. Madagascar’s yields remain low d...

Policy and Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Disaster-Prone Areas of Zimbabwe

Agriculture in Zimbabwe is now predominantly driven by smallholder farmers. 90% of the farming land is in the hands of smallholder farmers practicing mixed crops and livestock production systems.The predominance of rain-fed crop production makes t...

Policy and Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Climate Disaster-Prone Areas of South Africa

South African agriculture has undergone substantial structural transformations especially after the establishment of the Union Government in 1910, the promulgation of the Natives Land Act of 1913 and subsequent legislation meant to benefit white c...

Evidence from Three Models of Land and Agricultural Commercialisation: Impacts on Local Livelihoods in Zambia

"This policy brief summarises the findings of a research project that focused on three agricultural models in Zambia by comparing three case studies: Zambeef, (large-scale plantation model) in Kafue district in Lusaka province; Mkushi farm block (...

Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Climate Disaster-Prone Areas of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean economy is driven by agriculture and the majority of the rural people depend on it for their livelihood. Agriculture contributes approximately 18% to Zimbabwe’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The diverse agro-climatic conditions enab...

Institutional Arrangements and Policy Environment for Managing Climatic Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Climate Disaster Prone Areas Synthesis Report

The report presents a synthesis of national studies from Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe to determine the institutional arrangements and policy environment for institutional arrangements for managing climatic risk for crop production...

Contribution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Climate Change Awareness in Seke and Murewa Districts of Zimbabwe

"This study seeks to explore the role of ICTs in climate change awareness in rural areas. It is based on a cross sectional study that was conducted in Seke and Murewa districts in Mashonaland East province of Zimbabwe. The findings indicate that t...

Incidence of Indigenous, Emerging and Innovative Climate Change Adaptation Practices for Smallholder Farmers' Livelihood Security in Chikhwawa District, Southern Malawi

"Prolonged dry spells or droughts and floods as a result of climate change are a serious problem for smallholder farmers in Malawi, because agriculture is their main livelihood strategy. Food shortages and low income levels due to climate chang...

On Africa's Farms

On Africa’s Farms, is an eBook that compiles articles published in the Mail & Guardian Africa. They are a result of Trust Africa’s partnership with the Nairobi-based news organization which seeks to enhance coverage of development issues. Tendai M...

Incidence of Indigenous, Emerging and Innovative Climate Change Adaptation Practices for Smallholder Farmers' Livelihood Security in Chikhwawa District, Southern Malawi

Dry spells or drought and floods as a result of climate change is a serious problem for smallholder farmers in Malawi because agriculture is their main livelihood. Food shortages and low income levels mean inability of farmers to participate in da...

Enhancing Agricultural Yields by Small-holder Farmers through Integrated Climate Change Adaptation in Sierra Leone

"The present trend of climate change impact is especially affecting poorer communities, particularly small-holder farmers, in developing countries. While small holder farmers play an important role in spurring economic growth of a country, they la...

Waiting for a Green Revolution

"Predictions of a Green Revolution in Africa are overstated. Investment in African agriculture has been neglected by governments and donors. The proportion of aid allocated to agriculture fell from 17% in 1980 to 3% in 2005. Population growth and...

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