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May 16, 2018Knowledge Portal
The effect of land access on youth employment and migration decisions: Evidence from rural Ethiopia

This article explores how the amount of land that youth expects to inherit affect their migration and employment decisions using cross-sectional data of rural Ethiopia. »

November 29, 2017Knowledge Portal
Are prospects of rural youth employment in Africa a mirage?

This article discusses the dismissal of productive employment of youth in rural areas in Africa as a mirage largely because they exhibit strong resistance to eking out a bare subsistence in dismal working and living conditions. The authors argue on recent evidence of agricultural transformation that this view is overly pessimistic, if not largely mistaken. »

November 23, 2017Knowledge Portal
Changing gender roles in agriculture?: Evidence from 20 years of data in Ghana

This discussion paper provides a unique overview of changes in gender patterns in agriculture during more than 20 years in Ghana. At a time when donors and governments are increasing efforts to mainstream gender in agriculture, it is critical to revisit long-standing wisdom about rural women and men farmers to be able to more efficiently design and evaluate policy interventions. »

September 1, 2017Knowledge Portal
Rural youth employment

This report was prepared as an input to discussions on rural youth employment in the G20 Development Working Group. This focus on rural youth employment is essential, since youth are more likely than adults to be unemployed and a large share of youth live in rural areas. »

February 15, 2017Knowledge Portal
Access to farmland gets quick and dirty in sub-Saharan Africa

This briefing investigates the rapidly changing power dynamics and structures related to land governance in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors argue that understanding the changing dynamics of land access in rural Africa will be crucial if systems of land governance, companies and organisations, and rural development initiatives are to adapt and make a positive impact. »

February 14, 2017Knowledge Portal
Urban expansion brought stress to food security in China: Evidence from decreased cropland net primary productivity

This paper in the Science of the Total Environment journal assesses the impact of urban expansion on the CNPP in China from 1992 to 2015 in a spatially explicit manner. The authors concluded that rapid urban expansion from 1992 to 2015 caused stress to China’s food security. It is still vital for China to effectively protect cropland to improve the urbanization level to 60% by 2020. »