Journal article: Small firms, structural change and labor productivity growth in Africa: Evidence from Tanzania

Africa’s impressive economic performance over the past two decades has been accompanied by a proliferation of small firms, many of which operate in the informal sector. The new paper contributes to the understanding of the role that small firms play in a rapidly growing, but still poor, African economy.

Examining the Philippines energy future and low-carbon development strategies

The new paper presents an assessment of alternative, long-term energy supply and low-carbon strategies for the Philippine power sector from 2014 to 2040 using TIMES model. It examines the potential contribution of renewable energy to diversify the Philippine energy supply-mix to meet future electricity demands.

World Bank investment boosts West African agricultural research, regional collaboration

West African countries are now in a better position to perform high-quality, production-boosting agricultural research than they were a decade ago, thanks to the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP). That is the main finding of a newly published status report by ASTI’s Gert-Jan Stads and Nienke Beintema, based on new detailed agency-level data from the World Bank on the allocation of WAAPP funding and WAAPP-funded staff training.

New paper explores the effect of land access on youth employment and migration decisions in rural Ethiopia

How does the amount of land that youth expect to inherit affect their migration and employment decisions? The new AJAE article by Kosec et al. explores this question in the context of rural Ethiopia.

The reality of food losses: A new measurement methodology

Measuring food loss, identifying where in the food system it occurs, and developing effective policies along every stage of the value chain are essential first steps in addressing the problem of food loss and waste in developing countries. Food loss has been defined in many ways, and disagreement remains regarding proper terminology and measurement methodology. New paper addresses the existing measurement gap.