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18 December 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
December 18, 2014 / Our blog
Review and next steps for Rwanda’s ATDC A meeting was convened last week to review the last 3 years of the Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre (ATDC) in Rwanda, and to discuss what happens next with the project. The Rwandan

26 November 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
November 26, 2014 / Our blog
New FAO Credit Line for Mozambican farmers The FAO is said to have opened a new line of credit to reduce pockets of hunger in 36 districts of Maputo, Beira and Nacal with loans becoming available in the first quarter

Challenging misconceptions: Inclusive agricultural economies already exist in Africa
November 19, 2014 / Our blog
Wegerif went on to highlight how easily this economic activity could be enhanced if the Tanzanian government simply invested in building bicycle paths in and around the city. He told similar stories for milk (45,000 litres of milk delivered daily

19 November 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
November 19, 2014 / Our blog
ABC interview key figures on South-South cooperation The Agência Brasileira de Cooperação (ABC) has published a series of interviews with people related to its South-South cooperation programmes. Relevant to African cooperation projects, this has included an interview with the Director

7 ways to work for better land rights
November 14, 2014 / Our blog
Recognise and strengthen customary rights, starting with statutory recognition Most of Africa’s land is held under customary land rights, and many of these property regimes are robust and have local legitimacy. Conventional land administration systems often fail in Africa, as

Does land titling work?
November 14, 2014 / Our blog
Only 20 studies over the past 30 years met the strict inclusion criteria. Very few studies disaggregated positive effects on women, a clear gap in the available research on tenure reforms. The results showed strong regional variations in the outcomes

Tackling land questions: Searching for systematic solutions amid a web of politics
November 13, 2014 / Our blog
Amid these tensions, the inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa started on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. Contradictions abound: UN and World Bank aficionados praising the technical solutions many African countries are

Land policy for the next decade: Taking stock and moving forward
November 12, 2014 / Our blog
Her Excellency further observed that, in Africa, about 60% of the population derives its livelihood and incomes from farming, yet Africa’s agriculture is yet to match the needs of its growing population. The Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) is

12 November 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
November 12, 2014 / Our blog
Brazil resumes swine exports to South Africa Swine exports from Brazil to South Africa have resumed after a 9 year ban. The block was originally imposed by Brazil after a spate of foot and mouth disease in Brazil, and its

7 November 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
November 7, 2014 / Our blog
‘Where is the evidence that land grabs are good for economic progress?’ This article questions whether land relocations will really benefit resource-rich countries. This is an interest question to be raised within the remit of the project, both concerning countries