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Capacity Strengthening: Navigating Peer Review


Peer-reviewed publication is the primary output currency of the research community. Two reasons are that peer review is an essential quality control mechanism and that peer-reviewed publication expands the domain of prospective impact of one’s research. Each of those reasons is especially valuable for policy-oriented research. But the peer review process can be opaque for researchers inexperienced ...

Political economy analysis of the Kenyan food systems


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights the need for more sustainable food systems for tackling challenges such as malnutrition, poverty, biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation, and climate change. However, limited access to financial resources often hampers the acceleration towards more sustainable food systems. The AgrInvest-Food System project seeks to attract private ...

New Pan-African Trade Deal Can Transform the Continent’s Food Systems


Now that it is in effect, the AfCFTA will be one of the largest free trade areas in the world, covering a market of more than 1.2 billion people and up to USD$3 trillion in combined GDP. It also has the potential to increase intra-African trade by more than 50 per cent, which would add an estimated USD$76 billion in income to the rest of the world. African nations have already made determined ...

Policy innovations to expand food and agriculture trade in Africa


Agricultural trade is a connector and a key avenue for addressing global challenges. It offers opportunities for actors to integrate into international markets through global value chains, creates new employment opportunities, catalyses backward and forward investments along various value chains and reduces the cost of goods and services, including food. In this respect, trade is a critical ...

Land, climate, energy, agriculture and development in the Sahel


At an online event on January 19, 2021, researchers from national research institutes and universities in the Sahel region and Germany, namely the Agrhymet Regional Centre of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) in Niger and the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn (ZEF) in Germany launched a series of national cases studies*) and a ...

Position Paper: African agriculture in the context of COVID-19: Finding salvation in the devil

Position paper

The world is facing unprecedented challenges from COVID-19, which is disrupting lives and livelihoods. The pandemic could profoundly affect the African continent and wipe out hard-won development gains, as sub-Saharan Africa heads into its first recession in 25 years. Beyond the multi-spatial impact of the coronavirus in Africa, its effects on the agriculture and food system is of particular ...


Call for Application

The Fiorella and McIntyre research groups at Cornell University are seeking two graduate
students to join a new NSF-funded study of how harmful algal blooms affect fisheries from
human, fish, and ecosystem perspectives. Our interdisciplinary study seeks to merge human
health outcomes, the behavior of fishers and fish consumers, food web structure, and algal
bloom dynamics in space and time.

Building transformative change in Africa’s smallholder food systems: Contributions from climate-smart agriculture and agroecology


Transforming food systems under a changing climate entails amplifying solutions that build sustainability along multiple interconnected principles—i.e., diversity, resilience, equity, economic viability, health and renewability. Two different approaches are engaged in this transformational work in Africa: climate-smart agriculture (promotes participatory multi-stakeholder collaborations and ...

Why Securing Youth Land Rights Matter for Agriculture-Led Growth in Africa


Africa’s “youth bulge” represents both an enormous challenge and a tantalizing opportunity for the continent. With over 60 percent of Africans under the age of 35, governments are under increasing pressure to grasp the “demographic dividend” youth represent to boost agricultural productivity, enhance food security, and expand economic opportunities for young men and women. Each year, about 10-12 ...

2020 Annual trends and outlook report: Sustaining Africa's agrifood system transformation: The role of public policies

Africa Report

Sustained growth and improved governance in Africa’s agriculture sector are critical to meeting the continent’s development goals, including creating decent jobs for youth, nourishing growing cities with healthy foods, promoting resilience, and catalyzing domestic revenue mobilization. The 2020 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) from the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support ...