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.
The 4th Annual IGC Bihar Growth Conference is currently being held in Patna from 19 - 20 July 2014.
In the past, the conference has brought together political leaders, senior bureaucrats, and leading academics together to generate ideas for growth. Last year, over 200 people attended the conference, and continuing with the trend, this year we have an impressive lineup of speakers promising a stimulating two days of debates and discussions.
Please see the event page for a programme and summaries as they become available.
The IGC, in conjunction with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), held an agricultural workshop on June 19th 2014 in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Recent literature has documented surprising differences in firm-level performance between and within developing and more developed countries (Syverson 2011, Hsieh and Klenow 2009, Joner and Romer 2010). Poor management practices are likely an important factor behind the lower levels of development in Asia, Africa and Latin America, hampering the manufacturing sector’s ability to innovate, exploit new technologies and react to the challenges and opportunities of globalization.
The success story of M-PESA in Kenya raised hopes that massive mobile money adoption would promote financial inclusion of the poor. This is particularly true in sub-Saharan Africa where the poor had very limited access to formal financial services before the introduction of mobile money technology. In Mozambique, recent research has shown considerable adoption of mobile money in rural areas within one year of its introduction. However, it remains to be understood how information and adoption diffusion occurs in the case of this innovation.