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March 30, 2017Knowledge Portal
Small-scale soya farming can outperform large-scale agricultural investments

This briefing by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) highlights how small- and mediumscale farm models can outperform large-scale operations in terms of monetary return, food security, employment generation, local prosperity and avoiding land conflicts. With the right support, poorer households can develop market-oriented farming that contributes to local value chains at many levels. »

March 2, 2017Knowledge Portal
Large-scale agricultural investments and smallholder welfare: A comparison of wage labor and outgrower channels in Tanzania

This article in the World Development Journal evaluates household welfare effects of large-scale agricultural investments in Tanzania, one of the main recipients of such investments in Africa. Specifically, the article compares households participating in sugar and rice investments through outgrower schemes or as agro-industry workers with non-participants in terms of household income and income poverty. »

February 13, 2017Knowledge Portal
Investments in irrigation for global food security

This project paper by IFPRI describes what it will take to achieve a level of irrigation investment that supports sustainable agriculture for improved food security and nutrition. Climate change and all the resulting uncertainties are sparking new interest in raising investments in irrigation to enable more stable food production. The authors conclude that irrigation has an important role to play in enhancing future food security and the time for targeted investments is now. »

Scoping report: “Improving the perspective for regional trade and investment in West Africa
August 23, 2016Study
Scoping report: “Improving the perspective for regional trade and investment in West Africa”
Theme: Regional Trade for Food Security

Realizing that enhanced intraregional trade and investment may contribute to inclusive economic development in West Africa, the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has raised knowledge questions on how to increase its effort to support West African integration and cooperation. »

June 29, 2016Knowledge Portal
Global food security index 2016

This report on the Global Food Security Index presents the key findings of the new index. The index considers the core issues of affordability, availability, and quality across a set of 113 countries. The index is a dynamic quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model, constructed from 28 unique indicators, that measures these drivers of food security across both developing and developed countries. »

Country fact sheets on land governance and food security updated and extended
June 24, 2016Study
Country fact sheets on land governance and food security updated and extended
Theme: Land Governance

Updated country fact sheets on land governance and food security are now available for download on the LANDac website. As part of the joint knowledge agenda on land governance and food security, the fact sheets – originally compiled in 2012 – have been updated and were extended to better include food security. »