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August 15, 2017Knowledge Portal
Agricultural transformation in Africa? Assessing the evidence in Ethiopia

This article explores the rapid change in the agriculture sector of Ethiopia. Despite significant efforts, Africa has struggled to imitate the rapid agricultural growth that took place in Asia in the 1960s and 1970s. As a rare but important exception, Ethiopia’s agriculture sector recorded remarkable rapid growth during 2004–14. »

Food for All Talk 04 “Exploring public-private solutions to Agri-Food Value Chains”
July 20, 2017Knowledge activity
Food for All Talk 04 “Exploring public-private solutions to Agri-Food Value Chains”

On June 29, the fourth Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-NL Partnership took place, entitled “Exploring Public-Private Solutions to Agri-Food Value Chains”. Jan Ubels of the Dutch PPPLab presented various examples of applying public-private partnerships to agricultural sector transformation. »

April 11, 2017Knowledge Portal
Agroecology: The bold future of farming in Africa

This publication was produced by the AFSA Agroecology Working Group and Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement. The 88 page illustrated book showcases 15 case studies, showing how agroecology benefits Africa in terms of food and nutrition, livelihoods, restoration of biodiversity, knowledge and innovation, and climate change resilience. »

March 27, 2017Knowledge Portal
Addressing rural youth migration at its root causes: A conceptual framework

This paper by FAO develops a conceptual framework about how agricultural and rural development policies can reduce the need for distress migration of rural youth; and how rural youth migration and remittances can contribute to sustainable agriculture and rural development, poverty reduction and food security in the areas of origin. »

March 2, 2017Knowledge Portal
Unlocking the potential of non-farm enterprises to reduce rural unemployment in Ghana

This policy briefing by IDS highlights the role of non-farm enterprise sector in the rural economy in Ghana. Non-farm enterprises have been viewed as one of the surest ways of reducing rural youth unemployment in the country. However, despite their potential, limited understanding of the diverse nature of the non-farm enterprise sector has led to policies that do not fully exploit its potential to reduce rural unemployment in Ghana. »

March 1, 2017Knowledge Portal
The future of food and agriculture: Trends and challenges

This report lays out and analyses 15 key global trends that are influencing and will influence food and agriculture in the coming decades, and comments on the associated 10 challenges ahead. Several trends that will impact agriculture and food systems are: global population growth is slowing, but Africa and Asia will still see a large population expansion; economic growth is leading to dietary transition, e.g. demand for food is changing towards higher consumption of meat and dairy products and other more resource-intensive food items. »