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Research and Development
Public Expenditure on Agriculture and its Impact
GhanaSamuel Benin

This chapter examines past patterns of public spending on agriculture in Ghana, and asks whether Ghana has invested enough resources in agriculture and how the patterns of investment in the sector have impacted agricultural productivity growth.

Training and Capacity Building
Inflection Point: Unlocking Growth in the Era of Farmer Finance
Laura Goldman, Michael Tsan, Radoslava Dogandjieva...

This paper is provides guidance for those seeking impact in the field of agriculture and youth development in Africa. It defines key terms and concepts, and highlights promising initiatives and projects that develop durable livelihood opportunities f...

Status of Root-Knot Nematode (Meloidogyne Species) and Fusarium Wilt (Fusarium oxysporum) Disease Complex on Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) in the Central Rift Valley, Ethiopia
EthiopiaYitayih Gedefaw Kassie

Development of diseases in cultivated crops depends on the complex interrelationship among host, pathogen and prevailing environmental conditions. In nature, plants are rarely, if ever, subject to the influence of only one potential pathogen and this...

Research and Development
Farmers’ Knowledge, Attitude and Practices on Pesticide Safety: A Case Study of Vegetable Farmers in Mount-Bamboutos Agricultural Area, Cameroon
CameroonSonchieu Jean, Fointama Emmanuel, Akono Nantia Edo...

Pesticides are commonly used in Cameroon for farming purposes, especially in the Mount-Bamboutos agricultural area. This study aimed to evaluate the basic knowledge, attitude and practices among pesticide users in the said area in view of assessing t...

Processing
The Emerging Trade in Donkey Hide: An Opportunity or a Threat for Communities in Kenya?
KenyaGemma Carder, Oscar Ingasia, Evans Ngenoh, Samuel...

Donkey hides are used in a form of Traditional Chinese medicine called ejiao, the demand for ejiao is currently so high the global donkey population is currently in decline. Africa’s donkey population is considered a key source for the trade, with Ke...

Research and Development
Release of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas [l.] Lam.) cultivars in Mozambique through an accelerated breeding scheme
MozambiqueM. I. Andrade, J. Ricardo, A. Naico, A. Alvaro, G....

Sweetpotato breeding requires at least 5 years to obtain an advanced breeding clone for further testing with the goal of cultivar release. An accelerated breeding scheme (ABS) can be feasible if the genotype × year interaction is low. The objectives...

On-Farm Production (crops, livestock)
Impact of Rainfall Variability on Crop Production within the Worobong Ecological Area of Fanteakwa District, Ghana
GhanaConrad Kyei-Mensah, Rosina Kyerematen, and Samuel...

Crop production in the Fanteakwa District is predominantly rainfed, exposing this major livelihood activity to the variability or change in rainfall pattern. The net potential effect of severe changes in rainfall pattern is the disruption in crop pro...

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Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa
Mastercard Foundation

Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa details the uncertainties shaping the future of digital commerce and ‘future-proof’ choices policymakers can make to guide positive impact of digital commerce on employment.

Food Business
Characterization of the Beekeeping Value Chain: Challenges, Perceptions, Limitations, and Opportunities for Beekeepers in Kayonza District, Rwanda
RwandaBorden Mushonga, Landouard Hategekimana, Gervais H...

A survey was undertaken to characterize the honey production value chain and identify the challenges, limitations, and opportunities for beekeepers in Kayonza District, Eastern Rwanda, in light of the stagnation of the apiculture industry.

Research and Development
Growth Performance of Moringa oleifera and Moringa ovalifolia in Central Namibia Semi-Arid Rangeland Environment
NamibiaMorlu Korsor, Charles Ntahonshikira, Haruna M. Bel...

The objective of this study was to compare the field growth performance of Moringa oleifera and Moringa ovalifolia in semi-arid environment of central Namibia rangeland.nam

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Five Years of the AAF’S Technical Assistance Facility: Enhancing the Food Security Impact of Agri-Business
IFAD

This report tells the story of the first five years of Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), an independently funded organisation by the EU and other donors, working in tandem with the African Agriculture Fund (AAF). It concludes that the setup of the...

On-Farm Production (crops, livestock)
The Role of Multi-stakeholder Initiatives in Promoting the resilience of Smallholder Agriculture to Climate Change in Africa
S. Winter, M. Bijker, M. Carson

This study discusses the role of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives (MSI) in building stronger smallholder farmer resilience to climate change impacts in Africa.

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