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2020 Global Food Policy Report

Africa’s food system has experienced rapid transformation in recent years, driven by widespread urbanization and increasing incomes. In addition, initiatives like the African Continental Free Trade Area have resulted in changes to market structure and functioning in an effort to spur regional trade and economic growth. These changes present new income-generating opportunities all along the agrifood value chain, from farmers to processors, traders, distributors, and the food service industry.  

Building Capacity for Rwanda’s Agricultural Transformation

By: Seth Kwizera, Claude Bizimana, and David J. Spielman

Rwanda’s Fourth Strategic Plan for Agricultural Transformation (PSTA IV) presents an ambitious plan to dramatically change the country’s agricultural sector and rural economy. Released in 2018, the plan forms a critical component of Vision 2050, which envisions Rwanda’s transformation into an upper middle income country by 2035 and a high income country by 2050.

Smallholders & Avocados in Kenya

By Mulubrhan Amare and Julia Wilson

Kenya is the world’s third largest producer of avocados. It’s also Kenya’s leading fruit export, accounting for nearly one-fifth of its total horticultural exports.

Climate change best practices

ICTs for Agriculture

Telecommunications for rainfall monitoring

By Noam David, Oliver Gao, and Yanyan Liu

 

The lack of accurate rainfall measurements in developing countries poses problems in monitoring crop yields, which in turn can make it difficult for the providers of rainfall-based index insurance to gauge risks and set rates accurately.

More progress needed on Malabo

This post originally appeared on IFPRI.org

 

By: Tsitsi Makombe and Julie Kurtz

 

Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa

By: Cynthia Kazembe and Giorgia Prizzon

Is African Agriculture Waking Up?

This post first appeared on Trade for Development News and the ReSAKSS blog.

Despite longstanding recognition of the benefits of trade and the importance of improving competitiveness, Africa is performing beneath its potential in global and regional agricultural markets.

Understanding local African fertilizer prices

By Joshua Masinde

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