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  • Blog post

    Can Zambia escape the clutches of the resource curse?

    Zambia has made slow but steady progress in building its industrial capabilities. But a major push is needed if the manufacturing sector is to help lessen the country’s dependence on exports of copper and reduce poverty and unemployment. This may prove a challenge given that Zambia’s economy has been driven by copper mining. Economies that are dominated by mineral...

    16 Jun 2015 | Herryman Moono

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Low quality, low returns, low adoption: Evidence from the market for fertilizer and hybrid seed in Uganda

    1 Jun 2015 | Tessa Bold, Kayuki Kaizzi, Jakob Svensson, David Yanagizawa-Drott

  • Project

    Financing the expansion and delivery of urban services

    Growing cities have the potential to raise productivity in Rwanda and accelerate reductions in poverty. However, to do so, municipalities will have to raise revenue to finance urban infrastructure and services. This paper analyses policy options for increasing municipal revenues to finance urbanisation. The researchers recommend changes to the property tax...

    22 Apr 2015 | Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Project

    Dealing with fake agricultural inputs

    Technology adoption in African agriculture is very low, constraining productivity and income for the rural population There is ample anecdotal evidence of fake agricultural inputs, but little empirical proof of the magnitude of the issue IGC research shows that retail-level inputs tend to be of poor quality, partly explaining poor adoption ...

    22 Apr 2015 | Jakob Svensson, Tessa Bold

  • Project

    Commodity exchanges in Africa: A solution to challenges smallholder farmers face?

    Many African smallholder farmers complain, often loudly, about what in Ghana some farmers call the lack of “marketing” – by which they mean the lack of consistent output markets for their food crops.   In Sub-Saharan Africa output markets for food crops remain fragmented, and often involve individual traders going to farms to collect relatively small amounts of the...

    15 Apr 2015 | Yaw Nyarko

  • Project

    Risk and relationships: Ice retailing in the Sierra Leone fishing industry

    The emerging markets of low-income countries are often characterised by uncertainty and instability, weak enforcement of formal contracts and thin supplier markets, making informal contractual relationships especially important. When market structures change, how do those relationships change? Researchers who studied the ice retail business in Sierra Leone’s fishing...

    4 Mar 2015 | Tarek Ghani, Tristan Reed

  • Publication - Project Memo

    Coffee Washing Stations in Rwanda (Project Memo)

    18 Feb 2015 | Rocco Macchiavello, Ameet Morjaria

  • Project

    Fully washed coffee exports in Rwanda: Market structure and policy implications

    By doubling the proportion of coffee exported as fully washed, Rwanda could increase coffee exports by 10-20% The study surveyed farmers and washing station owners, to understand constraints to the washed coffee sector The researchers suggested a system of value chain financing to relieve finance constraints The paper informed the revision of the...

    18 Feb 2015 | Rocco Macchiavello, Ameet Morjaria

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Relationships, risk and rents: Evidence from a market for ice

    24 Jan 2015 | Tarek Ghani, Tristan Reed

  • Event

    Conference: Rwandan Coffee Sector

    The Rwanda coffee conference was held in Kigali on February 9th, 2015. The event brought together 85 policy makers, private-sector participants, donors, and researchers to discuss ways forward for the sector. Recommendations and way forward The participants at the conference welcomed the introduction of the draft coffee policy as a positive step forward in boosting the...

    9 February 2015