Climbing value chains: Options for African policy makers

Africa’s  economic  landscape  has  changed  considerably  over  the  last  20  years. After two decades of sustained economic growth, sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP is almost US$1.5tr. Its middle class rose to 350m people in 2010, up from 126m people in 1980 and in 2010, consumer spending stood at approximately $600bn. . . . → Read More: . . . → Read More: Climbing value chains: Options for African policy makers

Africa’s ample resources provide an opportunity for inclusive growth

WASHINGTON, October 7, 2013— Five years after the start of the global financial crisis, most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have continued to register relatively vigorous growth.  . . . → Read More: Africa’s pulse   (PDF – 177Kb)

UN declaration on the rights of peasants and other persons working in rural areas

Promotion and protection of the human rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. . . . → Read More:  UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other Persons working in Rural Areas   (PDF – 60Kb)

Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des paysans

Déclaration sur les droits des paysans et des autres personnes travaillant dans les zones rurales1, 2. . . . → Read More:  Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des paysans  (PDF – 243Kb)

Issues of the Africa-Europe summit on April 2014: A critical look at the Africa – Europe partnership

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) – adopted in Lisbon in 2007 – was supposed to lay the foundations and principles of a paradigm shift in the relationship between Africa and Europe mainly based on aid dependence and the creed of free trade since the Cotonou Agreement signed in 2000. . . . → Read . . . → Read More: Issues of the Africa-Europe summit on April 2014: A critical look at the Africa – Europe partnership

Blurred lines: who should lead post-crisis recovery?

When is a crisis officially over and whose responsibility is it to drive recovery when it ends? How do you ensure gaps and overlaps do not appear when humanitarian assistance withdraws and development begins? . . . → Read More: Blurred lines: Who should lead post-crisis recovery? (PDF – 87Kb)

Strategies for commercialising smallholder agriculture

The importance of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa cannot be underestimated. Over 70% of the arable land is under smallholder agriculture. The sector employs more than 70% of the workforce, and is the primary source of income for rural populations. It contributes significantly to foreign exchange earnings and accounts for more than 35% of national . . . → Read More: Strategies for commercialising smallholder agriculture

One smallholder’s warning for the future of farming in Africa

Mama Sara is a farmer in Mbola in the Tabora region of western Tanzania. I visited Mama Sara in late March of this year. Like other smallholder farmers in the area, herfarm plots were covered with a patchwork of stunted, sad-looking maize. . . . → Read More: One smallholder’s warning for the future of . . . → Read More: One smallholder’s warning for the future of farming in Africa

Investments to End Poverty

Extreme poverty can and must be eradicated by 2030. The UN Secretary- General’s High-Level Panel and subsequent reports have all called for eradicating extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030. . . . → Read More: Investments to End Poverty  (PDF – 28276Kb)

How family agriculture can create wealth

The Vice-President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai, the Minister of Agriculture of Liberia, Florence Chenoweth, and other West African public officials met with representatives of the Network of Peasant Organisations and Agricultural Producers in West Africa (ROPPA) in Monrovia to talk about progress in agricultural development over the past decade. . . . → Read . . . → Read More: How family agriculture can create wealth

Can smallholder farmers transform Africa’s agricultural output?

Much has recently been written about Africa’s agricultural potential. It is estimated that over 60% of the world’s available and unexploited cropland is in sub-Saharan Africa. . . . → Read More: Can smallholder farmers transform Africa’s agricultural output?  (PDF – 65Kb)