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January 11, 2018Knowledge Portal
Linking WASH and nutrition

During the World Water Week two reports were launched on how the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and the nutrition sectors can benefit from each other; “2+6=17: Linking WASH and nutrition – a blueprint for living SDG17” and “The recipe for success: how policy-makers can integrate water, sanitation and hygiene into actions to end malnutrition”. »

November 15, 2017Knowledge Portal
Small Grants, Big Impacts

This policy brief shows how small grants work, why they are effective, and how governments, international institutions and donors could use them to ensure that funding comes to the right place. Small grants funds, which are set up locally, can form the link between large donors and grassroots organisations. »

October 18, 2017Knowledge Portal
Options and opportunities to make food value chains more environmentally sustainable and resilient in Sub-Saharan Africa

This publication provides an overview of the key continental, regional and national frameworks and policies to promote sustainable and resilient food value chains (VC) in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it examines their effectiveness. The study looks at six VCs: livestock (including meat and dairy products), rice, cassava, maize, pulses and mangoes in several dryland countries. »

June 26, 2017Knowledge Portal
Helping women control their financial lives through digital financial services

This expert opinion discusses how digital financial services (DFS) can help women to control their financial lives. One important benefit of DFS to women is privacy. »

March 20, 2017Knowledge Portal
Fertilizer use optimization in Sub-Saharan Africa

This book provides a detailed explanation on optimizing fertilizer use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in 13 African countries. The book shares the findings of the Optimizing Fertilizer Recommendations in Africa (OFRA) project. The last chapter elaborates on enabling fertilizer use optimization, and how to maximize potential profits of fertilizer use while taking the farmer’s context into account and keeping risks low. At the farm level enabling fertilizer use optimization is in early stages for most countries but considerable experience has been gained from Uganda, as well as Kenya and Tanzania. »

December 28, 2016Knowledge Portal
Can sub-Saharan Africa feed itself?

This article, published by the PNAS Journal, presents a study that provides insight about the challenge in meeting the projected tripled cereal demand by 2050 due to expected population growth and modest changes in diets in 10 SSA countries, through scenarios of yield gap closure. Recent studies indicate that the global increase in food demand by 2050 can be met through closing the gap between current farm yield and yield potential on existing cropland. Here, however, we estimate it will not be feasible to meet future SSA cereal demand on existing production area by yield gap closure alone. »