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WEAI Data Goes Public

Originally posted by Emily Hogue, Team Leader for Monitoring and Evaluation, Bureau for Food Security  USAID, on the  Feed the Future Blog Last year we launched an  innovative tool  to measure women’s empowerment in agriculture. Last month, we celebrated…


From Bust to Boom: Debating input subsidies in Africa south of the Sahara

Reemerging input subsidy program (ISPs) have sparked a highly contentious debate in Africa. ISPs are government programs that provide items such as seed and fertilizer to farmers at a steep discount. Ten years ago, few countries in Africa had subsidy…


From Anchor to Engine

Ethiopia faces many challenges, but the country is quickly shedding its label as one of the world’s poorest countries, finding itself today among the world’s 10 fastest growing economies. The question now at hand is how to sustain this historic…


Agricultural Productivity: Good and Bad News

The world’s population is growing, and we only have limited land for farming. Will we run out of food? That question, famously posed by Thomas Malthus in the early 19th century, has been discussed for decades. The short answer is: no, we will not run…


Playing games to save water

World Water Day 2013 begins the International Year of Water Cooperation. Today, we highlight an innovative research project that helps strengthen cooperation to protect and conserve this precious natural resource.    Recently, villagers in India and…


Man + Government + Machine: A Match Made in Ag Productivity Heaven?

Machines can do wonders for productivity, driving down the cost production and, ultimately, the consumer’s price for a given product. As agriculture in Africa becomes increasingly intensified, the demand for machines (such as tractors and power…