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Somalia Briefing: Adeso's Degan Ali
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Somalia Briefing: Threats to food security & remittances

Speakers: Degan Ali (Executive Director, Adeso), Sara Pantuliano (Director, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI), Abdirashid Duale (Chief Executive, Dahabshiil)
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Shunting hectares: Land reform in South Africa

Piotr Cieplak asks whether a raft of new land legislation in South Africa is evidence of renewed vigour from the ANC and whether greater financial commitment will follow.
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Why Africa can make it big in agriculture

Self-sufficiency in food production is the new mantra of donors and policymakers in Africa. But farmers, large and small, can be much more ambitious. Agriculture is the continent’s most neglected – and important – potential competitive advantage. It is Africa’s best answer to...
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Waiting for a Green Revolution

Predictions of a Green Revolution in Africa are overstated. Investment in African agriculture has been neglected by governments and donors. The proportion of aid allocated to agriculture fell from 17% in 1980 to 3% in 2005.1 Population growth and declining productivity among...
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Planting Ideas: How fertiliser subsidies are working in Malawi

Malawians depend on domestic crops from over-cultivated soils. Recurrent poor harvests have had disastrous consequences for food security, but yields have improved significantly since the introduction of a government scheme to improve access to fertiliser by smallholder farmers....
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Making fertiliser subsidies work in Malawi

This briefing note highlights the role of fertiliser subsidies in Malawi, the world’s fifth poorest country. Malawi has suffered recurrent poor harvests, with disastrous consequences for food security since the early 1990s. Yields have improved significantly in the past two...