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Research and Development
Prioritization of Food Safety Issues in the Dairy and Horticulture Value Chains, Kenya
KenyaErastus K. Kang’ethe, Samuel Muriuki, Joseph Karug...

Food borne diseases can be caused by biological, chemical and physical hazards. Most food borne illnesses result from consumption of animal source foods and fruits and vegetables. Managing food borne illness requires establishment of food safety cont...

Cash Transfers and Management Advice for Agriculture: Evidence from Senegal
SenegalKate Ambler, Alan de Brauw, and Susan Godlonton

This study analyzes impacts of large, one-time cash transfers and farm management plans among farmers in Senegal. Farmers were randomized into groups receiving advisory visits; the visits and an individualized farm management plan; or the visits, t...

COUNTRY FACT SHEET ON FOOD AND AGRICULTURE POLICY TRENDS – BURUNDI
BurundiFAO

Burundi is a small, landlocked country in central Africa with the second densest population in the region. The country has gone through a decade of civil war (1993-2003) which had severe effects on economic and social conditions of the population, wi...

Training and Capacity Building
Farmers’ Willingness to Pay for Improved Agricultural Technologies: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Tanzania
TanzaniaApurba Shee, Carlo Azzarri and Beliyou Haile

Initiatives on the sustainable intensification of agriculture have introduced improved technologies tailored to farmers’ local conditions by trial demonstration with free provision of improved seeds and fertilizers. It is not clear, though, whether s...

Consumption, production, market access and affordability of nutritious foods in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia
EthiopiaKALLE HIRVONEN, ABDULAZIZE WOLLE

Poor dietary quality is a significant risk factor for stunting and micronutrient deficiencies among young children and globally one of the leading causes of premature death and disease (Arimond & Ruel, 2004; Forouzanfar et al., 2015). Dietary quality...

Training and Capacity Building
Can Ethiopia feed itself by 2050 -Estimating cereal self-sufficiency to 2050
EthiopiaTesfaye, Kindie Ittersum, Martin K. van Wiebe, Kei...

Producing adequate food to meet global demand by 2050 is widely recognized as a major challenge, particularly for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) (Godfray et al. 2010; Alexandratos and Bruinsma 2012; van Ittersum et al. 2016). Increased price volatility of...

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Economic Transformation in Africa from the bottom up: New evidence from Tanzania
TanzaniaXINSHEN DIAO, JOSAPHAT KWEKA, MARGARET S. MCMILLAN...

Tanzania’s rapid labor productivity growth has been accompanied by a proliferation of small, largely informal firms. Using Tanzania’s first nationally representative survey of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)—this paper explores the...

The palm oil dilemma – Policy tensions among higher productivity, rising demand, and deforestation
Keith Wiebe, Timothy B. Sulser, Pablo Pacheco, Ale...

Palm oil production has increased rapidly over the past two decades in response to rising demand for its use in food, energy, and industrial applications.1 In an era of increasing pressure on natural resources, however, expansion of oil palm plantati...

The prevalence of badnaviruses in West African yams (Dioscorea cayenensis-rotundata) and evidence of endogenous pararetrovirus sequences in their genomes
Seal, S. Turaki, A. Muller, E. Kumar, P.L. Kenyon,...

Yam (Dioscorea spp.) is an important vegetatively-propagated staple crop in West Africa. Viruses arepervasive in yam worldwide, decreasing growth and yield, as well as hindering the international move-ment of germplasm. Badnaviruses have been reporte...

Characterization of morphological diversity of jute mallow (Corchorus spp.)
Ngomuo, M. Stoilova, T. Feyissa, T. Ndakidemi, P.A

Jute mallow is a traditional leaf vegetable that is an important part of daily diet for the majority of people in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa. Here we employed quantitative and qualitative phenotypic traits to assess the morphological diversity...

Transportation and Logistics
Migration and agricultural intensification at origin: evidence from farm households in Central Africa
Central African Republic (CAR)Ochienga, J. Knerrb, B. Owuorc, G. Oumad, E.

Migration and remittances has potential to improve development in rural areas but in Rwanda and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo empirical work is still limited. We used New Economics of Labour Migration as analytical framework to explainn the ro...

Virulence diversity of Phakopsora pachyrhizi isolates from East Africa compared to a geographically diverse collection
BotswanaMurithi, H. Haudenshield, J. Beed, F. Maluku, G. J...

oybean rust, caused by the biotrophic pathogen Phakopsora pachyrhizi is a highly destructive disease that occurs in many soybean producing regions throughout the world causing substantial yield losses. Knowledge about P. pachyrhizi virulence is neede...

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