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Spatial patterns of agricultural productivity

The previous chapter examined several measures of productivity, primarily in terms of their evolution over time, and reported those changes by countries and subregions. However, the conditions under which agriculture is practiced and specific…

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Intertemporal trends in agricultural productivity

Changes or trends in agricultural productivity over time can shed light on the relative sources of agricultural growth as well as on resource and factor constraints to increasing agricultural production sustainably. Because improvements in…

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Typology of agricultural productivity zones

The preceding chapter illustrated remarkable spatial heterogeneity in agricultural productivity across Africa at the system level, characterized by the inherent variations of climate, land suitability for agriculture, human and animal populations,…

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Food policy in 2014-2015: Strong advances and stubborn setbacks

The year 2014 saw mixed results for food and nutrition security: some countries made headway on policies to cut hunger, while in other countries conflict and health crises took a heavy human toll. Much of the year’s discourse focused on potential…