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Why Regional Value Chains in Africa Need to go Digital

After years of de-industrialisation and limited intra-regional trade, which have been serious constraints to inclusive growth and development, African countries have an opportunity to leverage the potential of the African Continental Free Trade Area…

Impact of COVID-19 on Transport and Logistics Sector in East Africa

The beginning of the year 2020 witnessed an unprecedented global health crisis caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Outbreaks of the respiratory illness were first reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China (WHO, 2020a). The outbr…

Impact of COVID-19 on Transport and Logistics Sector in the EAC Region

The emergence of COVID-19 in 2019 led the WHO to stipulate different containment measures. These measures were adopted by different countries to help limit and control the spread of the virus. The EAC Partner States developed regional and localized …

Analysis of the Competitiveness and Sophistication of Exports in ECOWAS Countries: The Case of Measuring Trade in Value Added Products - Research Paper

The objective of this study was first to analyse the participation of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries in the global value chain. Then, an analysis was done of the export performance of these countries in value added trad…

Ensuring the Right Cattle Breeds and the Required Standards to Transform the Beef Value Chain

Due to its potential for growth and employment, the beef subsector has been identified as one of the commodities to drive the country’s agro-industrialisation agenda. This policy brief shows that breeding services and enforcement of standards highly…

How Gaps in Traceability Systems affect Uganda's Livestock Sector Transformation

Strong livestock traceability systems are critical for transforming Uganda’s livestock sector and economy. Using desk reviews and key informant interviews, the findings show that while Uganda has an appropriate legal and regulatory framework governi…

Commerce du Riz et Développement de la Filière Riz en Afrique de l’Ouest: Une Approche Pour des Politiques Publiques plus Cohérentes / Rice Trade and Rice Sector Development in West Africa: An Approach for More Coherent Public Policies

The development of the rice sector in West Africa represents an important policy challenge. Following the food price crisis of 2008, West African countries have managed to boost rice production. However, with little improvement in the sector's compe…

Understanding Strategic Decisions of Digital Agricultural Platform Companies: Sic Case Studies of Sub-Saharan African Platforms

Over the last seven years, digital agricultural platforms offering a broad range of products and digital services to smallholder farmers have gained a dominant position on the African market. This paper examines the predictions of platform theory us…

Berbera Corridor - The Eastern Corridor: Connecting the Borderland Economies of Somaliland & Somalia

Somaliland's government inked a 30-year concession agreement with Dubai-based port operator DP World in 2016. The port and the Berbera corridor are being modernized as part of this project. The transformation of the Berbera corridor into an economic…

Making Cash Crop Value Chains Nutrition-sensitive: Evidence from a Quasi-experiment in Rural Sierra Leone

With a strong global commitment to ending food insecurity and malnutrition, policymakers are increasingly grappling with how to make smallholder agriculture nutrition-sensitive. While the need to address these problems on multiple fronts is widely r…

Agricultural Finance Yearbook 2021 - Agricultural Finance: Coping with Economic Recovery Amidst a COVID-19 Environment

The 2021 Agricultural Finance Yearbook, which is the eleventh edition in the series offers an in-depth analysis of the Agricultural financing landscape in Uganda. The 2021 publication is made up of five chapters that highlight key processes, achieve…

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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