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Research and Development
Nutritional yield of African indigenous vegetables in water-deficient and water-sufficient conditions
Sub-Saharan AfricaLuoh, J.W. Begg, C.B. Symonds, R.C. Ledesma, D. Ya...

Water scarcity in certain regions of sub-Saharan Africa impacts agricultural production while prolonging dry seasons, and contributing to food insecurity and malnutrition. The objectives of the study were to evaluate the nutritional yield (edible yie...

Effect of leaf harvest on grain yield and nutrient content of diverse amaranth entries
TanzaniaDinssaa, F.F. Yang, R.Y. Ledesma, D.R. Mbwambo, O....

Amaranth (Amaranthus spp.) is a popular crop grown throughout sub-Saharan Africa, where both the grain and leaves are consumed. Amaranth cultivars that offer multiple options to small-scale farmers to produce high foliage yields, high grain yields, o...

Gender, vegetable value chains, income distribution and access to resources: Insights from surveys in Tanzania
TanzaniaFischer, G. Gramzow, A. Laizer, A.

In sub-Saharan countries, male farmers are frequently seen as producers of cash crops and marketable vegetables, while female farmers are perceived as producers of food crops for home consumption. Few authors have tried to validate this perception of...

Research and Development
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI): Safeguarding against economic slowdowns and downturns
Sub-Saharan AfricaFAO

SOFI 2019 confirms a rise in world hunger for a third year in a row. There were 821 million chronically undernourished people in the world last year, up from 811 the previous year. One in nine people in the world now faces hunger. Africa is the regio...

Training and Capacity Building
Scale Up! Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Investment in Kenya
KenyaAnton Root, Head of Research (AlliedCrowds)

All over the world, entrepreneurship is increasingly being recognised as a key driver of job creation and economic growth. Successful entrepreneurs are celebrated as luminaries, and the entrepreneurial mantra of accepting and learning from failure i...

Financial Services
Crowdfunding in Emerging Markets: Lessons from East African Startups
Sub-Saharan AfricainfoDev

In the past 10 years crowdfunding – raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically online, to fund a project or venture – has evolved into a $16 billion market. It is growing around 300 percent per year1 and is concentrated...

Research and Development
Gender differences in Agricultural Productivity in Cote d’Ivoire : Changes in Determinants and Distributional Composition over the Past Decade
Cote d'IvoireDonald, Aletheia; Lawin, Gabriel; Rouanet, Lea

This paper analyzes changes in agricultural productivity gender gaps in Côte d’Ivoire between 2008 and 2016 using decomposition methods. The analysis finds that the unconditional gender gap between male- and female-headed households has decreased by...

Future of Food : Shaping the Food System to Deliver Jobs
Townsend, Robert; Benfica, Rui Manuel; Prasann, As...

Shaping the Food System to Deliver Jobs is the fourth paper in a series on The Future of Food. This paper focuses on how the food system can deliver jobs. It provides a framework for understanding the factors determining the number and quality of job...

Research and Development
Future of Food Maximizing Finance for Development in Agricultural Value Chains
Sub-Saharan AfricaTownsend, Robert; Ronchi, Loraine; Brett, Chris; M...

Current levels of investment in agricultural value chains are insufficient to achieve key development goals including ending poverty and hunger, boosting shared prosperity through more and better jobs, and better stewarding the world’s natural resour...

Research and Development
Growing Africa – Unlocking the potential of agribusiness
Sub-Saharan AfricaByerlee, Derek; Garcia, Andres F.; Giertz, Asa; Pa...

This report highlights the great potential of the agribusiness sector in Africa by drawing on experience in Africa as well as other regions. This evidence demonstrates that good policies, a conducive business environment, and strategic support from g...

Agricultural Growth in West Africa Market and policy drivers
Sub-Saharan AfricaFrank Hollinger

West African Agriculture is at a turning point. The combination of strong demand growth, sustained economic growth, higher global agricultural prices, and an improved policy environment has generated the most conducive conditions for Agricultural gro...

Food Blogging
Integrating Food into Urban Planning
Sub-Saharan AfricaYves Cabannes and Cecilia Marocchino

The integration of food into urban planning is a crucial and emerging topic. Urban planners, alongside the local and regional authorities that have traditionally been less engaged in food-related issues, are now asked to take a central and active par...

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