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Growth Linkages in Agriculture
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
Where has this argument come from and what are its limitations and pitfalls? The argument for agriculture-led growth of course has a long lineage, dating to the classic work of John Mellor and Bruce Johnson at Cornell and Stanford, taken

The Role of Agriculture in Growth Revisited for Africa
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
Read: Opinion piece by Stefan Dercon and Kareen El Beyrouty Comment by Michigan State University Food Security Group

Aid Modalities to Agriculture: The end of the SWAp?
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
SWAps arose in the early to mid-1990s as a response to the perceived failure of existing aid practices and delivery mechanisms. The approach was intended to enhance aid effectiveness and recipient government’s ownership. SWAps developed mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, in

Transforming Agriculture through Farmer-Centred Innovation
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
Since that time, methodological, institutional and policy experiments have unfolded around the world. Farmer First Revisited returns to the debates about farmer participation in agricultural R&D and looks to the future. With over 60 contributions from across the world, the

Will Formalising Property Rights Reduce Poverty?
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
A new commission – The High Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor – sets out, according to its website “to explore how nations can reduce poverty through reforms that expand access to legal protection and opportunities for all”.

Global Assessments and the Politics of Knowledge
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
They are often presented as transparent, objective exercises where the politics of knowledge and debates about the legitimacy, credibility and salience of different points of view are set aside in favour of building a consensus towards scientifically informed policy making.

An African Green Revolution? Some Personal Reflections
January 25, 2010 / Our blog
It is not clear to me, however, that the many different players and promoters in this are agreed on what, in the words of Kofi Annan, a ‘uniquely African green revolution’ involves and what it should achieve. From my observation

In Search of Africa’s Future Farmers
January 12, 2010 / Our blog
Against this backdrop, we also have the largest population ever of young people in the developing world. In all, there are roughly 1.5 billion people aged 12-24 worldwide, 1.3 billion of whom live in developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa is home

Nairobi hosts food security meeting
December 2, 2009 / Our blog
The lessons and ideas are to be used as an input into country-driven development of the agricultural and rural sector, he said. The five day forum is under the theme The Bottom of the Pyramid: Agricultural Development for the Vulnerable.

Nairobi hosts food security meeting
Nairobi hosts food security meeting
December 2, 2009 / Our blog
By Lucas Barasa*Nairobi, 2nd December 2009 - A major conference to help enhance food security in Africa and share lessons on best practices entered its third day in Nairobi Wednesday.The Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) head Richard Mkandawire who