Publications: East Africa

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    In the drought-prone regions of East Africa and parts of South Asia, a lack of water can be the most damaging factor to a farmer’s bottom line. Agriculture is a particularly high-risk occupation in these regions, and climate shocks such as ...
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    As the world’s population continues to expand, ensuring that food production can meet the growing demand is an ever-mounting challenge. Climate change, soil degradation, and volatile food prices further threaten food security at a time when ...
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    The following story by Alexa Jay was originally posted on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) news blog. In a variable and changing climate, information may be the key to unlocking successful ...
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    Africa south of the Sahara is the only region in the world where rural populations are expected to continue to grow rapidly, with an estimated 48 percent increase in rural population density in the next 35 years. At the same time, smallholder ...
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    Evidence collected in the above titled special issue of the journal Food Policy shows that rising rural population densities and shrinking farm sizes in large parts of Africa are profoundly affecting farming systems as well as the process of ...
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    Although Africa possesses nearly half of the world’s uncultivated arable land area, the prospect of expanding agricultural production into these zones carries significant environmental risks and is not viewed by many experts as a viable solution ...
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    This story by Evgeniya Anisimova, Steven Franzel, and Evelyne Kiptot was originally posted on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) blog. How most efficiently to help farming men and women access information and ...
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    The following post by IFPRI Senior Researcher Margaret McMillan was originally published on the Financial Times This is Africa website. There is even evidence that a healthy manufacturing sector can help to bridge the gap in income levels between ...
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    The following is an excerpt of a story originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) website. The good and the bad will not balance each other out. We need to prepare for ...
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    The following story was originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) website. A comprehensive book series by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has ...
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    AgriConneXions is a program on: “Using ICT to Promote Smallholder Business Credibility through Improved Social Capital and Commercial and Technical Skills of Producer Organizations”. The project intends to explore the use of modern ...
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    In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile initiatives to promote agricultural development in Africa. These initiatives attempt to address one of the most pressing development challenges in Africa: increasing farm productivity ...
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    Earlier this month, I took part in a new experience: a twitter chat. Organized by USAID, the #AskAg Twitter Chat on Youth Employment in Agriculture, connected me and my fellow guest speakers from USAID, Making Cents International, and Winrock ...
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    Press Release International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) June 10, 2013 Washington, D.C., June 10, 2013. On June 8, the UK government granted £30 million to HarvestPlus to develop and deliver six nutritious crops to several million ...
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    Investment in the African agricultural sector was largely in a state of decline until the early 2000s, followed by what became known as Africa’s “decade of growth.” Between the years 2001-2010, investment in the sector grew more than 3 percent ...
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    Just as the sun rises and sets, food price volatility—the variation in food prices over time—is a given these days. Once unexpected price instabilities have now become routine in the era following the food crisis of 2007-2008. For poor ...
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    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 ...
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    Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa has been appointed Office Head for IFPRI’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Over the last 15 years, he has worked with national and international research organizations and has been ...
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    Historically, African countries rich in natural resources have hinged their economic prosperity on the export of global commodities, and, as such, their economies fluctuate with the rise and fall of global commodity prices. Just look back to the ...
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    Since its inception in 2010, AGRODEP (African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium) has aimed to strengthen the capacity and reach of African researchers. The Consortium enables African researchers to become part of a large network ...
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    Planting trees and perennials (plants that live for two or more years) with food crops is a cost-effective way for smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to boost yields and maximize limited resources, says a new Nature article co-authored by ...
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    Why do some people fall into the trap of chronic poverty and others are able to escape it? IFPRI convened a panel of experts yesterday to shed some light on factors that lead to chronic poverty, and policy actions that may help pull households ...
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    Foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing countries has grown in importance in recent years, with increasing attention being paid to the potential impacts on agricultural development and food security for the developing world. In May, the ...
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    The African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium released its first edition of the AGRODEP Bulletin, a publication providing insights into major economic development issues in Africa. The Bulletin introduces research and ...
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    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—High-level policymakers, leading academics, and representatives from farmer and trader organizations and the private sector will gather here to identify investment priorities and policy options that can help increase ...
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    Organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa#### More information Conference website Conference ...
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    By invitation only Conference website Extensive empirical evidence demonstrates that investments in agricultural R&D have greatly contributed to economic growth, agricultural development, and poverty reduction in developing regions over the ...
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    Despite extensive research focusing separately on agriculture, health, and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, the connections between these topics are seldom addressed. The African Food System and Its Interaction with Human Health and Nutrition, a ...
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    Agricultural policies influence the quantity and quality of foods farmers produce, as well as the portfolio of crops they grow and the production methods they use. Thus, agricultural policies have a clear impact on human health and nutrition. In ...
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    The 2010 GHI score fell by 14 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa compared with the 1990 score, according to the latest Global Hunger Index (GHI) report. Yet the region ranks second overall with an index of 21.7 (South Asia ranks first at 22.9, with ...
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    There is a new consensus today that investing in African agriculture is fundamental for reducing poverty and food insecurity on the continent. But how can this be done without repeating many of the mistakes of the past that led to widespread ...
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    Abstract In the past few decades, the choice experiment method has become popular among the public and private sectors in developed countries as a guide for efficient and effective decision-making. In the public sector, this tool’s popularity can ...
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    African governments, confronted with widespread malnutrition and a farm sector in decline, committed in 2003 to increasing agricultural expenditure and growth. Eighteen have since adopted a CAADP Compact, obligating them to meet the Comprehensive ...
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    In her book The Dragon' Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa, author Deborah Bräutigam paints an alternative picture of China's involvement in Africa's development that stands in sharp contrast to the commonly-held Western belief that such ...
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    International experts, key policymakers, heads of farmers associations, and private sector representatives gathered in Entebbe from May 19-21 to examine the potential benefits and challenges of producing genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa. ...
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    Co-sponsored by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), and Science Foundations for Livelihoods (Scifode) This conference provides a unique opportunity for a cross ...
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    Related Materials on Media briefing page Entebbe — International experts, key policymakers, heads of farmers associations, and private sector representatives are gathering here from May 19-21 to examine the potential benefits and challenges of ...
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    Co-sponsored by the Global Development Network (GDN), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), World Bank Institute (WBI), and IFPRI. Abstract Agricultural development in Africa is regaining attention, particularly in the recent light of food ...
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    Chair: Shenggen Fan, IFPRI Abstract Infrastructure in Africa is currently very limited in many countries and sectors. Though providing adequate levels of infrastructure can be a key catalyst in enhancing the growth and development of the ...
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    Traders in the open-air markets of Kathonzweni, a market center in semi-arid eastern Kenya, sell several varieties of pigeonpea, a nutritious cash-crop that can grow well in dryer climates. Even though they sell the pigeonpea for use as seed, ...
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    The HarvestChoice initiative has launched a comprehensive collection of data products designed to better inform strategic policy and investment decisions aimed at improving farm productivity and profitability, and market development. The website ...
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    On October 1, 2008, the United States Agency for International Development awarded the IFPRI-managed Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS), a partnership program for biosafety capacity development, with an additional five years of funding for a ...
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    Despite enormous potential for agricultural growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, and some notable progress, food security continues to be a major problem for the continent, and the region is home to three-quarters of the world’s ...
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    Takie Barusha has been farming for many years near the Ethiopian village of Harufa-Lole, about 185 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. With only 2.5 hectares of land, it hasn’t been easy for Takie to provide for his large family. In recent years, ...
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    On Wednesday, December 10, Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and Joachim Von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the headquarters ...
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    Related Materials on Media briefing page Addis Ababa—The vast majority of African farmers interviewed for a recent climate change study perceived long-term changes in both temperature and rainfall. Surprisingly, however, more than a third of ...
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    Maputo, Mozambique—The combined impact of low economic growth and decreased investments in agriculture could cause major increases in malnutrition in developing countries, according to new analysis by the International Food Policy Research ...
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    Bamako, Mali—For the world’s poor people, agriculture and health are inextricably linked: agriculture affects health, and health affects agriculture. Lack of cooperation between the two sectors hinders the fight against poverty and hunger ...
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    Johannesburg—The vast majority of African farmers interviewed for a recent climate change study perceived long-term changes in temperature or rainfall. Surprisingly, however, two-thirds of rural South African households in the Limpopo River Basin ...
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    Odds are 1 in 20 that a farmer in Senegal will have a farm equipped for irrigation, while in Asia, the odds are 1 in 3. Africa lags Asia and the rest of the world in almost every irrigation-related category, according to a recent study conducted ...
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    After becoming infected with HIV, Monica had almost lost hope of living. Her weight dropped from 60 to 49 kilograms (132 to 108 pounds). She had no energy to grow food and faced constant worries about feeding her family. Monica became a client ...
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    Selling crops used to be a complicated process for Aweke Teshome. The Ethiopian farmer never knew the fair market price for his products, or how they rated in quality. He was forced to sell at whatever price the traders offered. Worse, with no ...
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    Addis Ababa—Ethiopia opens a commodity exchange this week, the first of its kind in Africa. The exchange will trade in six commodities: coffee, sesame, haricot beans, teff, wheat and maize. The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), as it is ...
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    Addis Ababa—Close to 200 policymakers, researchers, and representatives from the private sector, farmers’ organizations, and other civil society groups are gathering for an international conference to discuss exciting technological, ...
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    Until recently, being disabled in Yola, Nigeria, meant living on the streets. But a project to improve the livelihood of those who live and work in the country’s flood plains and low-lying areas (fadamas) has helped turned beggars into ...
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    Poor people are often at great risk of losing the few assets they have when faced with an unexpected event, such as the death of a household member. But for the members of the Kalagala Twezimbe Association, located outside Kampala, Uganda, ...
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    Farm women in Petaka, Mali, sell small amounts of pearl millet, drawn from their family granaries, alongside handmade items at the weekly fair. Pearl millet, a drought-resistant crop, dominates arable land along the fringes of the Sahara desert. ...
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    Accra—Nearly 70 high-level Ghanaian policymakers, farmer representatives, and international experts convened a workshop today to discuss the role of agriculture in accelerating economic growth, with the goal of doubling Ghana’s per capita ...
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    Entebbe—High-level policymakers, community organizers, and experts from around the world are gathering here to discuss how to strengthen poor people’s access to land and water. According to a global study to be presented at the conference, ...
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    Experts are increasingly aware that efforts to promote development and improve food security in poor countries cannot succeed in the long run without well-qualified local individuals and institutions to provide right incentives for, motivate, and ...
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    A UN food agency warned that people in sub-Saharan African countries are most in danger of starvation and food security difficulties in the light of the latest findings on global warming. ...
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    Rich nations including the United States should send much more aid to Africa, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz said on Friday, adding he would try to persuade Washington to boost its assistance to the continent. Reuters
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    Ahead of a crucial meeting of the world’s richest nations, the United Nations on Friday urged the developed world to fulfill its financing commitments to Sub-Saharan Africa, to avoid it becoming the only region that meets none of the UN ...
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    by Steven Were Omamo and Klaus von Grebmer In 2002, small domestic food supplies combined with strained domestic markets threatenedto leave millions of people across southern Africa at risk of starvation. A similar combination of poor weather, ...