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What is CAADP?
March 25, 2010 / Our blog
An outcome of the 2003 Maputo Declaration CAADP is based on two overarching principles: The pursuit of six percent average annual growth in the agricultural sector at national level; and, Allocation of ten percent of national budgets to agriculture. A

What is CAADP?
What is CAADP?
March 25, 2010 / Our blog
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is the most ambitious and comprehensive agricultural reform effort ever undertaken in Africa. An initiative of the African Union (AU) and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), it represents a fundamental shift toward

ReSAKKS Conference
ReSAKKS Conference
March 25, 2010 / Our blog
The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) Africa-wide conference, Agriculture-led Development for Africa: Exploring New Opportunities and Strategic Alternatives to Inform African Agricultural Development, Planning and Policy took place November 23-24, 2009 at the headquarters of the United

Views: Global Food Crisis
Views: Global Food Crisis
March 9, 2010 / Our blog
In February 2009, FAC researchers spoke out about the causes, the results, and the remedies of the global food crisis. {japopup type=”youtube” content=”http://www.youtube.com/v/s7TsyRH7F8A&hl=en&fs=1″ width=”640″ height=”380″ title=”Amdissa Teshome”}Amdissa Teshome – Country Coordinator for Ethiopia {/japopup} {japopup type=”youtube” content=”http://www.youtube.com/v/AnaAyrEBZ00&hl=en&fs=1″ width=”640″ height=”380″ title=”Andrew

DFID Strengthens Partnership with FAC
February 16, 2010 / Our blog
DFID’s renewal of its partnership for FAC’s work means the Consortium can now: Deepen its agriculture research and policy engagement activities in East and Southern Africa. Reinforce its core research themes of: – Policy Processes – Agricultural Commercialisation – Growth

Can Ethiopia Realise a Better Agriculture in its ‘Third Millennium’? The Role and Dilemma of Farm Prices
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
Farmers have responded positively to Government reforms that include a strong extension and credit-led push for intensification of food staples production through the use of modern seed and fertiliser. Agricultural growth has been impressive over the last decade, especially when

Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture: Beyond the Hype? November 2007
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
The evidence from existing literature on the impacts of low-external-input techniques on poverty reduction is ambiguous. As with many technologies, access to labour, skills and contacts very often favour better resourced households and individuals. The new book ‘Self-sufficient agriculture’ by

Seasonality: four seasons, four solutions?
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
Families with undiversified livelihoods must survive all year long mainly on the crops that they consume as food and sell for income, and a single failed harvest can destitute a poor family with limited savings or assets. Where markets are

To subsidise or not to subsidise? Debating the effectiveness of state subsidies for fertiliser in Malawi.
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
Resources: Working Paper:Lessons Learned from the 2005/06 Malawi Input Subsidy Programmeby Blessings Chinsinga Discussion Paper:Rethinking Agricultural Input Subsidies in Poor Rural Economiesby Andrew Dorward, Peter Hazell and Colin Poulton FAC Briefing: FAC Briefing:The Malawi Fertiliser Subsidy Programme: politics and pragmatism

Fiddling in Rome While the World Burns?
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
When the Chief Executives Board of the United Nations met in Bern, Switzerland, in late April 2008 to assess how the international community could best contribute to combating the global food crisis, they agreed to set up a High Level