Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods

We, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, having met at our Twenty Third Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 26-27 June 2014, on the Theme of the African Year of Agriculture and Food Security: “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods through Harnessing . . . → Read More: Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods

Reducing post-harvest losses in mango in South Asia

India is the largest producer of mango fruits (21.54 million tons) contributing 69% of global production (31.25 million tons) (Sekhar et al., 2013). In Sri Lanka, mango production is approximately 90,000 tons, constituting 15% of the total fruit bowl of the country. While fruit production in South Asia is globally competitive, the region is . . . → Read More: Reducing post-harvest losses in mango in South Asia

Mega’ public–private partnerships in African agriculture

After decades of under investment in agriculture, African governments are rightly looking at how best to mobilize funding for the sector. Donors in turn are keen to reverse a trend of neglect and to support initiatives that are simultaneously likely to enhance productivity, improve livelihoods and increase private sector investment. Private investors, concurrently, are . . . → Read More: Mega’ public–private partnerships in African agriculture

Nigeria’s renewal: Delivering inclusive growth in Africa’s largest economy

At current growth rates, Nigeria is poised to become a major economic force in the coming decades. The government’s rebasing exercise has shown that the country has clearly emerged as the largest economy in Africa. Nigeria has a huge endowment of resources, a growing consuming class, and rapidly growing trade and consumer sectors to . . . → Read More: Nigeria’s renewal: Delivering inclusive growth in Africa’s largest economy

Economic development in Africa

Africa has experienced high and continuous economic growth in the past  decade, prompting analysts to argue that the continent has reached a turning  point in its development history and is poised to play a more significant role in  the global economy in the twenty-first century. The average annual growth rate  of real output increased . . . → Read More: Economic development in Africa

The new development finance landscape

Major shifts in the international development finance landscape have created new opportunities and options for developing countries to access external finance for their development priorities. These shifts have also created new challenges and risks for managing such flows. In anticipation of a post-2015 development finance framework, the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) 2012  High Level . . . → Read More: The new development finance landscape

Money to the people in Africa

The past 20 years have witnessed fast and sustained economic growth in Africa, especially in  resource-rich countries, thanks to improved macroeconomic policies, buoyant commodity prices, and new mineral resource discoveries [World Bank (2013); Hostland and Giugale (2013)]. Despite such progress, poverty levels remain stubbornly high, and recent studies have shown that the current pace . . . → Read More: Money to the people in Africa

How EU member states foster development diaspora

The effects of global human mobility and the serious policy and legislative challenges it poses to the governments of both developed and developing countries is a subject that has dominated much of recent migration literature and policy debates. How to leverage human mobility for development, while at the same time minimise its adverse effects . . . → Read More: How EU member states foster development diaspora

CAP post – 2015 devevelopment goals.

The CAP identifies substantive issues of importance to Africa and arrives at a consensus on Africa’s key priorities, concerns and strategies to be reflected in the outcomes of the post-2015 negotiation process. This was achieved by taking into account the wealth of information collected and collated from national and regional stakeholders (the executive and . . . → Read More: CAP post – 2015 devevelopment goals.

Some tips on growing your business in Africa

The 2014 EY Africa Attractiveness Survey shows increased foreign direct investment in the continent with Africa’s perceived attractiveness improving dramatically over the past few years. However, Africa is still a challenging and uncertain place to do business. In its report, EY identifies critical factors for effective strategy execution based on its own experiences of . . . → Read More: Some tips on growing your business in Africa

Three key themes for the future of investment in Africa

As recently as two years ago, a typical conversation with a multinational company wanting to invest in Africa would be peppered with questions around corruption, political stability and sustainability – all reflecting a weight of negative stereotypes that we seemed unable to shake off. These questions were not particularly difficult to address, but they . . . → Read More: Three key themes for the future of investment in Africa

Are global value chains good news for Africa’s industrialisation?

A value chain identifies the various steps that firms take to bring a product or a service from its conception to its end use by final consumers (Figure 1). At each step–design, production, marketing and distribution – value is added in some form or another.. . . → Read More: Are Global Value Chains Good News . . . → Read More: Are global value chains good news for Africa’s industrialisation?

IFOAM highlights the plight of smallholder farmers on earth day

Smallholder farmers grow over 70% of all our food. Reports predict climatic extremes that will imperil their production and livelihoods. Unless small-scale farmers are given the agro-ecological technologies they need to meet these challenges, impacts on food production will be devastating, pushing millions into poverty. . . . → Read More:  IFOAM Highlights the Plight of . . . → Read More: IFOAM highlights the plight of smallholder farmers on earth day

Agricultural Value Chains in SSA

Agriculture holds the key to broad-based economic growth, poverty reduction and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This is due to the importance of the sector for SSA economies, the extent of rural poverty and the dependence of 50 million small farms on agricultural incomes. It is well documented that growth generated by agriculture . . . → Read More: Agricultural Value Chains in SSA

Investing in Africa: The imperative to invest sustainably

There is no one way to do business in Africa. But through exploring both the opportunities and the challenges experienced by companies operating successfully in Africa, a number of key lessons can be unearthed.  . . . → Read More:  Investing Successfully in Africa (PDF – 37Kb)

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Africa – EU summit declaration

We, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union  (EU) and Africa , the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the President of the African Union (AU) and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), met in Brussels on 2 – 3 April 2014. We took . . . → Read More: Africa – EU summit declaration

Africa-EU strategy implementation

The implementation of the JAES through the African-Europe Partnership shows that initial ambitious vision that drove it is still very much needed: a continent to continent political relation and joint action in all sectors beyond aid, as the main engine of and reference for any type of Africa-Europe dialogue.  The JAES as a political . . . → Read More: Africa-EU strategy implementation

Linking the Tokyo international conference on African development with the EU

A recent publication from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Africa begins with the headline “this is an age of dramatic and exciting change for Africa, with a population boom underway and many countries experiencing rapid economic growth. The years of stagnation and decline are a thing of the past, and a youthful . . . → Read More: Linking the Tokyo international conference on African development with the EU

Accumulation by dispossession, climate change and natural resources governance in Africa

Global economic and political initiatives, allied with national governments and other national and multi-lateral players, are driving a process of massive land alienations in the developing world. The  land  alienations  are  located  in  a  narrative  of  promoting  Foreign  Direct  Investment which will stimulate the modernization of the agricultural sector through large scale commercial farming, and . . . → Read More: Accumulation by dispossession, climate change and natural resources governance in Africa