The African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium has released the second edition of its AGRODEP Bulletin, a publication providing insights into major economic development issues in Africa. The Bulletin introduces research and capacity building activities undertaken by AGRODEP and announces publication of new economic data and statistics on Africa. Read more.
In addition to AGRODEP activities, the bulletin highlights a paper by Senior Research Fellow Nicholas Minot, presented at the International Association of Agricultural Economists Conference in August. The paper examines whether food price volatility has increased in Sub-Saharan Africa in recent years and utilizes two datasets covering staple foods such as maize, rice, wheat, beans, bread, and cooking oil.
AGRODEP is an initiative led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in cooperation with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA), the West African Council on Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), and the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Network (FANRPAN). Its goal is to position African experts to take a leading role in the study of strategic questions facing African countries as a group, and in the broader agricultural growth and policy debate which has been traditionally dominated by external actors and concerns.