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Sheep market participation of rural households in Western Ethiopia
Sheep production is an integral part of the subsistence crop-livestock based livelihoods of the Ethiopian highlands and plays a crucial role in economic development and poverty reduction. This study analyzed determinants ...
Transforming impact assessment: beginning the quiet revolution of institutional learning and change
Scores of assessments of the impacts of agricultural research have been carried out over the years. However, few appear to have been used to improve decision making and the effectiveness of research programmes. The ...
Potential benefits of drought and heat tolerance for adapting maize to climate change in tropical environments
Climate change and population growth pose great challenges to the food security of the millions of people who grow maize in the already fragile agricultural systems in tropical environments. There is an urgent need for ...
Assessing innovations lacking developed supply markets: A simple ex ante model applied to rock phosphate use in rice in West Africa
New technologies often lack a developed supply market, which makes it problematic to estimate future profitability. This paper develops a simple methodology to circumvent this problem based on the concepts of break-even ...
Food security and agriculture in the Western Highlands of Guatemala
Food security is a major challenge in Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in the world. Food insecurity is concentrated in the Western Highlands of Guatemala (WHG) where indigenous communities have been the main victims ...
Pathways from research on improved staple crop germplasm to poverty reduction for smallholder farmers
Innovations to improve staple crop germplasm can reduce poverty and otherwise improve farmer livelihoods through complex and multiple pathways. This paper reviews the evidence for one prominent pathway—through increased ...
Climate risk management and rural poverty reduction
(Elsevier Masson, *2019)
Climate variability is a major source of risk to smallholder farmers and pastoralists, particularly in dryland regions. A growing body of evidence links climate-related risk to the extent and the persistence of rural poverty ...
Participatory evaluation of integrated pest and soil fertility management options using ordered categorical data analysis
Maize is becoming the major food crop around Lake Victoria. Major constraints to its production are Striga, stem borer, and declining soil fertility. Innovative integrated technologies have been developed: the ?push?pull? ...
Can sub-Saharan Africa feed itself?
(National Academy of Sciences, 2016)
Although global food demand is expected to increase 60% by 2050 compared with 2005/2007, the rise will be much greater in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Indeed, SSA is the region at greatest food security risk because by 2050 ...