West African Agriculture and Climate Change

Maize, millet, rice, and sorghum are the major cereal crops in West Africa, yet yields from these crops are very low compared to the world average and even other regions within Africa. A changing climate will challenge production systems already under pressure to increase output to feed a growing population.

Increasing Farmers’ Income in Nigeria (FADAMA)

In 2005, the Nigerian government launched Fadama II, a World Bank-funded project intended to increase the income of farmers, fishers, and other poor people in the low-lying floodplains—known as Fadama in the Hausa language—where poverty is concentrated.

Improving Agricultural Data and Policy Analysis in Nigeria

MOTIVATION Agriculture is the single largest contributor to the well being of the rural poor in Nigeria, sustaining approximately 86 percent of rural households in the country. Improved agricultural development and growth can provide a pathway out of poverty. In an effort to assist Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture to meet CAADP goals and commitments, >> Read more

Providing Food Policy Information for African Policymakers: The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (RESAKSS)

MOTIVATION The efforts under CAADP to promote evidence-based policy planning and implementation require a mechanism that incorporates peer review, benchmarking, and learning, as well as mutual accountability. IFPRI, along with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and in partnership with the >> Read more

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme: Long-Term Strategic Analysis for Improved Growth and Poverty Reduction

MOTIVATION After years of declining investment in rural development and low agricultural productivity, the African Union Commission launched the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in 2003. Participating African governments committed to allocate 10 percent of their national budgets to agriculture in order to help achieve a 6 percent annual agricultural growth rate. With USAID >> Read more

Building Ghana’s Capacity to Overcome Poverty

MOTIVATION Recognizing that agriculture is critical to Ghana’s vision of becoming a middle-income country by 2015, IFPRI, in partnership with the Ghanaian government and several development partners, launched the Ghana Strategy Support Program in 2005. The program, funded by USAID, supports the country-driven design of agriculture and rural development strategies by strengthening the skills of >> Read more

Aflatoxins in Groundnuts in Mali

MOTIVATION Aflatoxins are naturally occurring carcinogenic substances found in high quantities in some of Africa’s crops. They spread rapidly in warm tropical climates, inflicting harm on humans and animals. In 2008, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the AflaControl project analyzed groundnuts in Mali: these groundnuts were the focus of major livelihood >> Read more

Agriculture Extension Systems in China

Despite more than 1 million extension workers in the 1990s and early 2000s, millions of Chinese farmers were left without access to services.

The Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators Initiative

Informing Policymakers for Better Allocation of Research & Development Resources

Regional Strategic Alternatives for Agriculture-Led Growth and Poverty Reduction in West Africa

In 2006, IFPRI began collaborating with the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) and ECOWAS to identify the most effective ways to promote growth in agricultural productivity at the subsector level across West and Central African countries.