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Governing Technology Development: Challenges for Agricultural Research in Africa
June 1, 2005 / IDS Bulletin
There is little doubt that agricultural research is of critical importance to the future of agriculture in Africa. As an investment, it has been shown again and again to deliver high returns, in terms of both financial benefits (Alston et

Agricultural Markets in West Africa: Frontiers, Agribusiness and Social Differentiation
Agricultural Markets in West Africa: Frontiers, Agribusiness and Social Differentiation
June 1, 2005 / News
By Kojo Sebastian Amanor Neoliberal policies have in recent years focused on introducing institutional reform to facilitate and regulate the operation of free markets. It is still assumed that the freemarket is the best mechanism to achieve efficient and equitable

Agricultural Markets in West Africa: Frontiers, Agribusiness and Social Differentiation
June 1, 2005 / News
Neoliberal policies have in recent years focused on introducing institutional reform to facilitate and regulate the operation of free markets. It is still assumed that the freemarket is the best mechanism to achieve efficient and equitable growth, alongsidetechnical prescriptions. A

Key Challenges for Technology Development and Agricultural Research in Africa – 4
June 1, 2005 / News
By Monty Jone Agricultural development is a sine qua non for improving livelihoods in Africa’s predominantlyrural economies, yet agricultural productivity has hardly improved and African food production percapita continues to decline. This is not because of a lack of planning

Neo-patrimonialism and Policy Processes
June 1, 2005 / News
In the 1990s economic liberalisation replaced state support for agriculture across much of Southern Africa. As well as reducing costs, it was assumed that liberalisation would ensure food availability and access to food through positive effects on production and trade

Governing Technology Development: Challenges for Agricultural Research in Africa
June 1, 2005 / News
There is little doubt that agricultural research is of critical importance to the future of agriculture in Africa. As an investment, it has been shown again afinnd again to deliver high returns, in terms of bothancial benefits (Alston et al.

Beyond Liberalisation: “Developmental Coordination” Policies for African Smallholder Agriculture
June 1, 2005 / News
By Andrew Dorward, Jonathan Kydd and Colin Poulton This article argues for a fresh approach to agricultural policy in Africa, to exploit the strengths of both stateled and market-led development approaches pursued over the last 50 years, while avoiding their

Investing in Africa: The Political Economy of Agricultural Growth – 2
June 1, 2005 / News
By Adebayo Olukoshi IDS Bulletin Vol 36 No 2 June 2005 If investments are good for growth, then a question which has always exercised the minds of economists and policy-makers historically, is just how to generate, attract, secure and sustain

Success Stories from African Agriculture: What are the Key Elements of Success?
June 1, 2005 / News
By Steve Wiggins IDS Bulletin Vol 36 No 2 June 2005 Success is not a word often heard when dealing with contemporary issues in agriculture in Sub- Saharan Africa. For 30 years, the overall picture has been one of failure.While

Livelihoods Research Findings and Agriculture-led Growth
June 1, 2005 / News
By Godfrey Bahiigwa, Ntengua Mdoe and Frank Ellis IDS Bulletin Vol 36 No 2 June 2005 The findings of livelihoods research conducted in East Africa and Malawi demonstrate that the role of agriculture in contributing to poverty reduction in sub-Sahara