Agriculture

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    How inefficient land allocation in Malawi is severely depressing agricultural productivity

How inefficient land allocation in Malawi is severely depressing agricultural productivity

New data on the relationship between resource allocation and agricultural productivity in Malawi has revealed how a minority of total cultivated land is acquired in the market while the vast majority is either directly (or indirectly) distributed via the Customary Land Act, say Diego Restuccia and Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis.

Accordingly, the allocation of land is unrelated to farm productivity. The Customary Land Act is […]

Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks in Benin

Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks is affected by their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. One must parse these components before designing policies for climate resilience, says Boris Odilon Kounagbè Lokonon. Agro-ecological factors are especially important, as their variation means that households with low adaptive capacity do not necessarily have high exposure or sensitivity to climate shocks.

Climate change and variability […]

Book Review: Cotton by Adam Sneyd

In Cotton, Adam Sneyd brings the reality of international trade into focus through tracing the local and global politics behind the circulation of one of the most everyday of materials: cotton. This is a vividly told, interrogative read that establishes its author as a leading expert on the politics of commodities and development, finds Dr Milasoa Chérel-Robson.
The cover of Cotton by Adam Sneyd is […]

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    Argentina’s Agricultural Sector Holds Many Lessons for African countries

Argentina’s Agricultural Sector Holds Many Lessons for African countries

Argentina is a strong example of how state action can transform a country’s agricultural sector, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

At the 2016 International Grains Council Conference in London, I sat in admiration as Jesús Silveyra from Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture presented his country’s ambitious 2020 development plan for the agricultural sector. Silveyra highlighted six important points, namely: Argentina plans to increase […]

January 25th, 2017|Featured, Resources|0 Comments|

The African trade agenda should centre on industrialisation

Existing trade arrangements in sub-Saharan Africa should be complemented by requisite conditions that enable agricultural and industrial advancements, says LSE alumna Zama Nkosi.

During a series of seminal lectures on the Evolution of the International Trade Order, economist Sir Arthur Lewis explained the positive implications for trade once industrialisation takes shape. He did this by tracing this history in developed […]

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    Zambia could become a successful investment destination for agribusinesses

Zambia could become a successful investment destination for agribusinesses

Zambia needs to get its agricultural policies right in order to attract investments, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

As part of my duties at the Agribusiness Chamber (Agbiz), I recently engaged with agribusiness leaders in the agricultural inputs and insurance industries to share my observations regarding crop production trends in Southern Africa in the 2015/16 season. My analysis of these trends […]

Nigeria Can Learn From China’s Rural Reform Policies

LSE’s Zainab Haruna argues that a more holistic view of sustainable rural transformation is required for Nigeria.

In 2006, the Hu Jintao/Wen Jiabao-led Chinese government initiated a new set of reforms to foster rural growth and transformation in China. The move became necessary after unrest in the rural countryside, which had been left behind in the Asian giant’s move for […]

November 28th, 2016|Featured, Resources|2 Comments|

South African maize exports should access new markets

Wandile Sihlobo identifies unexploited potential markets for South African maize industry.

 

Over the years, there have been a number of structural changes in the South African agricultural markets which has had a significant influence on trade and marketing of agricultural commodities, particularly maize.

Prior to market liberalisation of the South African agricultural sector in 1997, the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act […]

September 21st, 2016|Featured, Resources|3 Comments|
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    Increased Investment in Research could potentially save South Africa’s Wheat Sector

Increased Investment in Research could potentially save South Africa’s Wheat Sector

Wandile Sihlobo argues that import tariffs in South Africa’s wheat sector will not save the industry, the focus must be placed on breeding new wheat cultivars which will give higher yields.

 

Trade policy debates are incomplete if argued without due consideration on the effect of selected instruments on both the consumption and production side. Ideally, policy seeks a balance […]

August 24th, 2016|Featured, Resources|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: Commercial Agriculture, the Slave Trade and Slavery in Atlantic Africa Edited by Robin Law, Suzanne Schwarz, Silke Strickrodt

Book Review: Commercial Agriculture, the Slave Trade and Slavery in Atlantic Africa Edited by Robin Law, Suzanne Schwarz, Silke Strickrodt

Despite being presented from a European perspective, the book Commercial Agriculture, the Slave Trade and Slavery in Atlantic Africa sheds light on the history of political and economic relations between Africa and Europe with a focus on the pursuit of agricultural development for global trade in the context of the movement to abolish slavery, says Katarzyna Kubin.

Three interrelated historical […]

August 5th, 2016|Featured, Resources|0 Comments|

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