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    Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks in Benin

    Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks is affected by their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. One must parse these components before designing policies for climate resilience. Agro-ecological factors are especially important, as their variation means that households with low adaptive capacity do not necessarily have high exposure or sensitivity to climate...

    20 Apr 2017 | Boris Odilon Kounagbè Lokonon

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    How inefficient land allocation in Malawi is severely depressing agricultural productivity

    New data on the relationship between resource allocation and agricultural productivity in Malawi has revealed how a minority of total cultivated land is acquired in the market while the vast majority is either directly (or indirectly) distributed via the Customary Land Act. Accordingly, the allocation of land is unrelated to farm productivity. The Customary Land Act is in...

    11 Apr 2017 | Diego Restuccia, Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis

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    Uganda needs a caffeine fix: Insights from Vietnam’s coffee market success

    Until recently Vietnam and Uganda shared a similar trajectory in the development of their coffee sectors. Today, Vietnam has emerged as the second largest coffee producer in the world. In Uganda, poor agricultural inputs and a failing institutional environment have resulted in low yields and slower development of the sector. In January 2017, world coffee exports already...

    14 Mar 2017 | Astrid Haas

  • Project

    Women and work in rural India

    In contrast with global trends, India has witnessed a decline in women’s employment rates over the past few decades. We investigated this decline in rural areas, where the majority of Indian women live. We found that increasing education levels among rural married women and the men in their households were the most important factors contributing to the decline...

    9 Mar 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Kanika Mahajan, Taryn Dinkelman

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    Illegal mining in Ghana

    Illegal mining operations are destroying the farmlands, forests, and water bodies in Ghana. The general public and academia are calling for a concerted effort to rid the country of illegal mining activities and to restore the abandoned mining sites across the country. However, in order to formulate and implement measures to effectively address the problem, there is...

    21 February 2017

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    Parceling out prosperity? Tracking and evaluating the impacts of natural resource concessions in Liberia

    How concerned would you be if a third of your country's land was granted to foreign investors? Liberia has pinned its hopes for economic development on foreign direct investment, granting somewhere between 21% and 38% of the country's land to investors, or concessionaires, in the agriculture, forestry and mining sectors. However, a 2011 survey of nearly 1500 rural and...

    19 Jan 2017 | Bradley Parks

  • Event

    Social network, referrals and technology adoption: Randomised field experiments using System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

    IGC Bangladesh, together with the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of the Ministry of Agriculture, hosted a seminar on 15th January to disseminate the findings of the IGC commissioned study "Social network, referrals and technology adoption: Randomized field experiments using Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI)". The study, led by Professor Asadul Islam...

    15 January 2017

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    Regional value chains: Enhancing productivity in East Africa

    In partnership with the IGC, Duke University’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC) reveals the potential for regional integration to strengthen value chains and improve productivity in Rwanda and Uganda. Despite recent regional improvements in poverty reduction and economic growth rates in East Africa, firm productivity in the region remains low....

    9 Dec 2016 | Jack Daly

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    Can index based insurance reduce the vulnerability of farmers to weather?

    An IGC study reveals that index insurance has the potential to reduce the vulnerability of farmers to weather. This is dependent on data quality and model accuracy, with the highest predictive capacity involving a combination of satellite datasets. Even so, variation in agricultural production remains a challenge. Furthermore, the insurance needs to be credible and...

    27 Oct 2016 | Patrick McSharry, Tom Swartz, John Spray

  • Project

    Implementing the National Development Strategy: Poultry and cotton production clusters

    This project seeks to support the implementation of the National Development Strategy by designing a set of policy interventions with a focus on the poultry and cotton sectors. The National Development Strategy aims at inclusive and sustainable economic growth, driven by structural transformation and economic diversification. It is a high-level cross-sectoral policy...

    3 Oct 2016 | Vasco Nhabinde, Rafael Uaiene, Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal