The IGC's 5th Annual Growth Week Conference will be held
in London from 23 - 25 September.
A draft programme is now available to view!
Production of garments is one of the most common large-scale manufacturing activities in low-income countries. The nature of production makes it possible to compare physical productivity across factories in sewing operations – which across all firms represent most of the employment in the sector. This project aims to harmonise factory-level data from more than 100 factories in several countries. This exercise leverages extensive expertise developed during the past two years working in Bangladesh.
An increasing body of evidence has found that good management practices in firms is correlated with higher productivity and better firm outcomes. The research of the World Management Survey finds that firms in developing countries have significantly worse management practices than those in more developed countries, largely due to a long tail of badly managed firms.
Over the past decades, agricultural productivity has stagnated in much of sub-Saharan Africa while many other regions have seen dramatic productivity improvements. As a result, many African countries do not produce enough staple food to meet their growing consumption needs. Sierra Leone, a net exporter of rice in the 1960s, must now import a third of its total consumption at a high cost. Low rice production is a threat to food security for vulnerable groups, particularly the rural poor who grow rice as their primary staple diet.