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Food Business
Are Medium-scale Farms Driving Agricultural Transformation In Sub-Saharan Africa?
All CountriesAgricultural Economics

This study presents evidence of profound farm-level transformation in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, identifies major sources of dynamism in the sector, and proposes an updated typology of farms that reflects the evolving nature of African agriculture....

Food Business
Regulation Of Agricultural Markets In Malawi
MalawiIFPRI

Agriculture holds special significance in Malawi, because most Malawian households depend primarily on this sector for income and food security. Therefore, legislation surrounding the agricultural sector, and the foundation it lays for the sector’s g...

Food Safety
What Do Traditional Markets Have to Do with Health and Development?
All CountriesEatSafe, Abby Reich

In most low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), traditional markets represent the meeting of supply and demand for local food. They are the primary community locale that combines commerce, nutrition, social interaction, food safety and health. Last...

Food Safety
Safe and Nutritious Food: Fortifying Systems to Deliver at Scale
All CountriesShawn Baker

Approximately two billion people worldwide suffer deficiencies in at least one essential nutrient, and these deficiencies are major contributors to increased mortality, disabilities and impaired cognitive development.

Policy and Advocacy
Scaling Up Investments In Agrifood Systems For Youth In Africa - What Policymakers Need To Know
All CountriesMaria Lee, Pamela Pozarny and Melisa Aytekin

Supporting agricultural interventions for youth requires a major increase in investment. The guidelines consider youth’s constraints, needs and aspirations to design investments, taking on board employment and empowerment in a holistic manner and in...

Agri-Tech and Digital Services
Health Innovations: How Inclusive Business Models Are Making Health Accessible For All
All CountriesiBAN

Health has been top of mind for most people around the globe during the last two years, as the Covid-19 pandemic upended daily life and critical systems. Beyond Covid-19, the world is facing a number of health crises exacerbated by poverty, including...

Agri-Food News and Media
Fertilizer Quality Assessment
GhanaSeth, Simmons, Andam, Osei, Iddrisu

This paper describes the agricultural input sector in Ghana, compares farmers’ perception of fertilizer quality with those of input dealers, and analyses chemical tests of fertilizers performed in a laboratory. The fertilizers were sampled from selec...

Marketing and Trade
Irrigating Zimbabwe After Land Reform: The Potential of Farmer-Led Systems
ZimbabweScoones, Murimbarimba and Mahenehene

Farmer-led irrigation is far more extensive in Zimbabwe than realised by planners and policymakers. This paper explores the pattern of farmer-led irrigation in neighbouring post-land reform smallholder resettlement sites in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo distri...

Climate Change
The Dilemma Of Climate-Resilient Agricultural Commercialisation In Tanzania And Zimbabwe
TanzaniaNewsham, Naess, Khamaldin Mutabazi, Shonhe, Boni...

The implications of climate change for agricultural commercialisation – and the implications of agricultural commercialisation for climate change – are profound. On the one hand, agricultural production is, by nature, highly sensitive to climate chan...

Agri-Food News and Media
Pathways to Inclusive Smallholder Agricultural Commercialisation: Which Way Now?
MalawiBlessings Chinsinga, Mirriam Matita, Masautso Chim...

Agricultural commercialisation has the potential to provide a number of beneficial outcomes, including higher incomes and living standards for smallholder farmers. However, for these outcomes to be achieved, commercialisation must be inclusive and br...

Agri-Food News and Media
Agricultural Commercialisation Pathways And Gendered Livelihood Outcomes In Rural South-Western Ghana
GhanaFred Mawunyo Dzanku

It is widely assumed that agricultural commercialisation leads to increased incomes and therefore better livelihood outcomes for farmers, including smallholders. But are the gains from commercial agriculture equitably distributed? Are there pathways...

Food Business
Rising Atmospheric CO₂ May Benefit Maize Crops
All CountriesBrad Ripley, Susanne Vetter

Global maize production is worth billions of dollars annually and is key to global food security because it’s a staple food for billions of people. Most maize production relies on natural rainfall, making it vulnerable to changing rainfall patterns

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