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  • Blog post

    The supply chain for seed in Uganda: Where does it all go wrong?

    Seed quality is a major concern in Uganda Evidence from recent studies suggests low country-wide adoption of improved seeds by farmers. Farmers prefer to use home-saved seeds, indicating that they did not perceive the benefits of improved seed to be worth the cost (Tripp and Rohrbach, 2001; Remington et al., 2002; Sperling et al., 2008).  This has been linked to several...

    14 Dec 2018 | Nathan Fiala

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Impacts and sustainability of irrigation in Rwanda

    Economic growth in Rwanda relies critically on agricultural growth, yet Rwanda’s agricultural sector faces critical constraints such as fragmentation, dependence on erratic rainfall, and challenging geography. As the country’s agriculture is mostly rain-fed, production is exposed to climatic variation and unreliable rainfall. As such, irrigation presents a...

    28 Aug 2018 | Florence Kondylis, Maria Jones, Jeremy Magruder

  • Project

    Implementing the National Development Strategy: The pigeon pea value chain

    This project aims to support the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Economy & Finance in identifying policy measures to stimulate the development of the pigeon pea value chain. Pigeon pea is a highly promising crop that could potentially play an important role in the transformation of the Mozambican countryside, poverty reduction and foreign exchange earnings...

    17 Aug 2018 | Jorrit Oppewal, Alberto Da Cruz

  • Publication - Project Report

    The pigeon pea value chain in Mozambique: Examining the 2017 price fall and its implications

    17 Aug 2018 | Jorrit Oppewal, Alberto Da Cruz

  • Project

    State support for the agricultural sector in the EAC

    As the members of the East African Community (EAC) negotiate the harmonisation of their domestic and border tax policies, agriculture and food security remain among the prioritised key areas of cooperation. Given the vital role of the agricultural sector and the importance of improving food security in EAC countries, policymakers face strong political incentives to consider...

    21 Feb 2018 | Kym Anderson, Signe Nelgen, Derek Apell

  • Project

    Agricultural cooperatives in Ethiopia: Do they matter?

    This project aims to provide first-hand empirical evidence on the potential of agricultural cooperatives in transforming smallholder and traditional farming in Ethiopia.  Evaluating the effectiveness of these local organisations in terms of the promises they are supposed to deliver and facilitating agricultural transformation and commercialisation provides relevant...

    3 Jan 2018 | Kibrom A. Abay, Guush Berhanu

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Seeding success: Increasing agricultural technology adoption through information

    Modern agricultural technologies have enormous potential to drive poverty reduction and economic growth, but adoption remains low in many countries. New models of information sharing could help resolve this. With over half of working adults in sub-Saharan Africa employed in agriculture, improving agricultural productivity is an important way to raise living standards. This...

    19 Dec 2017 | Kelsey Jack, Julia Tobias

  • Blog post

    All Peas in One Basket: Lessons from the 2017 Pigeon Pea Crisis

    In recent years, the rapid expansion of pigeon pea production provided a boost to the rural economy of Central and Northern Mozambique. However, the 2017 price collapse created a crisis in the main production areas that calls attention to the need to improve the monitoring of market trends and to launch a joint effort aimed at diversification. During the past decade, the...

    7 Dec 2017 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal

  • Blog post

    A socio-economic crisis in rural Mozambique

    The districts of Middle and Upper Zambézia, in Central Mozambique, were most affected by the fall of the pigeon pea price in 2017. Most farmers did not have any financial return to their investment in the previous agricultural season, which created multiplier effects in the local economy. Mozambique has been going through difficult economic times since 2015. This has been...

    7 Dec 2017 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal

  • Blog post

    A Crise Socioeconómica no Meio Rural Zambeziano

    Os distritos da Média e Alta Zambézia sofreram o maior impacto da queda do preço de feijão bóer em 2017. O grosso dos produtores não teve retorno financeiro do investimento feito na última campanha agrícola, o que provocou efeitos multiplicadores na economia local. Moçambique tem atravessado tempos de crise económica desde 2015, provocada pela descoberta de...

    7 Dec 2017 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal