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Agriculture

The world must eat. With 7.6 billion mouths to feed, growing the right food in a sustainable manner is literally a life-and-death matter. What if the monsoon fails? Is monoculture better than varying crops? Who should control pricing? Is genetic tinkering the problem or the solution? What to grow, how to grow it, how to get it where it needs to go – every aspect of agriculture has urgent questions requiring informed answers. 

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  • 23 May 2022
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The role of youth in transforming food systems in Africa

Agriculture plays a central role in providing productive employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for young people in Africa. As the sector moves...

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  • 09 May 2022
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Monitoring agricultural price incentives during the pandemic’s first wave

Volatility in the prices of staple foods during a crisis can have damaging effects on both farmers and the poor. As this column explains, it is vital...

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  • 07 March 2022
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World seaweed industry’s development potential hampered by genetic concerns

Over six million smallholder farmers across 48 countries depend on seaweed for their livelihoods. This column outlines what’s currently happening in...

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  • 05 April 2021
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Land markets, social norms, and prospects for agricultural development

Sub-Saharan Africa has a problem of persistently low agricultural productivity. Land reforms are a common policy for boosting productivity, as they...

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  • 01 March 2021
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Farm security: an essential component of agricultural development

The productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries is hindered by the considerable insecurity that they face in terms of both informal...

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  • 11 February 2020
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Climate information services for farmers: lessons from research

This blog is part of a series organised in conjunction with the 19th global development conference. Providing climate information services to...

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  • 13 October 2019
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Agricultural input subsidies, informal insurance, and farmers’ wellbeing

Many developing countries support their farmers by subsidizing fertilizer to improve crop yields. This column explores what factors constrain...

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  • 18 August 2019
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Insecure land tenure: the impact on farmers’ investment decision-making

How can poor farmers be encouraged to make the investments that will lift them out of poverty? This column reports evidence that while greater...

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  • 06 January 2019
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Agricultural transformation in Africa: opportunities and challenges

Rapid agricultural growth underpins much of Africa’s recent economic achievements. But continued reliance on expansion of cultivated area is not a...

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  • 22 October 2018
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Climate-smart fisheries: a business model worth replicating

New ways of doing business offer an opportunity to address the natural and man-made challenges that threaten local livelihoods in developing...

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