April 21, 2008 / News The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) announced today a three-year pilot project to help rural women farmers influence agricultural policy development in Southern Africa. Funding for the programme is provided by a $900,000 grant from the
April 14, 2008 / News The Millennium Villages project based at the Earth Institute at Columbia University certainly think they have cracked the problem of African poverty and hunger. The solution they suggest is a series of integrated, low cost packages which can be implemented
April 1, 2008 / News Soaring food prices pose problems for three groups. First, the poor whose ability to buy food is undermined. Second, governments of low-income countries facing higher import bills, soaring costs for safety net programmes and political unrest. Third, aid agencies juggling
March 1, 2008 / News This report evaluates the 2006/7 Malawi Government Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme (AISP). The main objective of the evaluation is to assess the impact and implementation of the AISP in order to provide lessons for future interventions in growth and social
Policy Making in a Federal Context: Views from the Regions on the Future of Agricultures in EthiopiaJune 7, 2007 / News By Amdissa Teshome & Stephen Devereux 7-9 June 2007 Ethiopian Economic Association, Fifth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy Addis Ababa
June 1, 2007 / News Presentation by Samuel Gebreselassie
June 1, 2007 / News Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture: 2004-2014 Need Competitive Sectors Require Best Services Focus Government Vs Private Sector Roles 1. Legal and Regulatory Reform 2. Reform of Parastatals and Govt Departments 3. Reform of Agricultural Research and Extension 4. Agricultural Inputs and
June 1, 2007 / News By Jennifer Leavy,IDS Sussex and Colin Poulton, Imperial College London Commercialisations in Smallholder Agriculture: A General Framework.
June 1, 2007 / News By Norman Clark of the African Centre of Technology Studies (ACTS), James Smith at the University of Edinburgh, and Maija Hirvonen at the University of Edinburgh The concept of ‘innovation system’ is used increasingly in current science policydiscourse as a metaphor to
March 26, 2007 / News Cashing in or Crashing Out? Pastoralist Livelihoods in Somali Region, Ethiopia Presentation by Stephen Devereux. Institute of Development Studies, Sussex
January 1, 2007 / News Ethiopian representatives and leading international thinkers deliberate over the state f pastoralism, making a new analysis of potential futures. Ethiopia has Africa’s largest livestock population. Over 60% of its land area is semi-arid lowland, dominated by the livestock economy. Today
June 1, 2006 / News By SLSA Team IDS Bulletin Vol 34 No 3 2003 Rural people in southern Africa make a living in diverse ways, often in harsh physical and economic environments. Such contexts are fast-changing, requiring shifts in livelihood strategies and mixes of
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
May 1, 2005 / News In the late 1990s a review of aid-assisted livestock projects included an assessment of sustained impact on poorer producers (Ashley et al. 1998). The review looked back over 35 years and analysed documents from more than 800 livestock projects funded
May 1, 2005 / News The agricultural sector remains our Achilles heel and source of vulnerability …Nonetheless, were main convinced that agricultural based development remains the only source of hope for Ethiopia. (Prime Minister Meles Zenawi 2000). A powerful strand of thinking about the causes
Wild Resources Management in Southern Africa: Participation, Partnerships, Ecoregions and RedistribuJune 19, 2003 / News By William Wolmer and Caroline Ashley IDS Bulletin Vol 34 No 3 2003 In rural southern Africa, access to wild resources is critical to livelihoods and various attempts have been made by policy-makers to increase the income derived from them
June 19, 2003 / News By Alan Nicol and Sobona Mtisi IDS Bulletin Vol 34 No 3 2003 Access to and management of water resources is inherently political. Drawing on fieldwork from the Sustainable Livelihoods in Southern Africa programme, largely undertaken in Zimbabwe, with some
June 19, 2003 / News By Edward Lahiff IDS Bulletin Vol 34 No 3 2003 Southern Africa today presents a wide spectrum of land policies, embracing a variety of forms of redistribution and tenure reform initiatives, utilising methods that range from consensual, market-based approaches to
June 19, 2003 / News By the SLSA Team IDS Bulletin Vol 34 No 3 2003 One of the central tenets of much current development thinking in southern Africa is that market-oriented strategies and private sector involvement must be the basis for future economic growth.
June 19, 2003 / News By the SLSA Team IDS Bulletin Vol 34 No 3 2003 Decentralisation, like good governance or sustainable development, is one of those concepts everyone from the World Bank to top officials in national governments seems to think is a “good thing”.
June 19, 2003 / News By Ian Scoones and William Wolmer IDS Bulletin Vol 34 No 3 2003 Southern Africa is in the midst of a major food crisis. Fourteen million people are reported to be at risk. Most commentators agree that since around 1990,
January 1, 2003 / News By Ian Scoones and William Wolmer IDS Bulletin Vol 34 No 3 2003 Rethinking Livelihoods As previous sections of this Bulletin have shown, the livelihoods of poor, rural people in southern Africa are highly complex, often vulnerable and subject to