Researchers receive Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for farm input subsidy work in Sub-Saharan Africa

An international team of agricultural researchers led by a Michigan State University professor has been recognized for the quality of its work and its impacts on agricultural policy in Africa. The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association has bestowed the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis on a team led by Thomas Jayne, professor in the >> Read more

New study fills a knowledge gap on drivers of perceived land tenure security: Evidence from Ghana

Tenure security is believed to be critical in spurring agricultural investment and productivity. Yet what improves or impedes tenure security is still poorly understood. The new paper by Hosaena Ghebru and Isabel Lambrecht analyses the main factors associated with farmers’ perceived tenure security in Ghana.

Why agricultural research investment lags in Africa south of the Sahara

ASTI’s latest data collection and analysis from Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) exposes a persistent problem and a drag on sustainable development efforts: Growth in research spending is lower than for other kinds of agricultural investment. Why is this happening, and can anything be done to reverse this imbalance?

Webinar recording: The rise of medium-scale farms in Africa

This webinar by Prof. Thomas Jayne (MSU) on May 23, 2017 highlighted the causes and consequences of changing farm size distributions in sub-Saharan Africa. Watch the webinar recording and join the conversation in the comments section below.

Evaluating impact of participatory agricultural interventions: do we see what we want to see?

“Agricultural (research) programs without rigorous impact evaluation tend to focus on rapid testing (and rollout) of technologies with high-probability adopters to provide swift feedback to donor constituencies. Such programs also tend to favor numeric accomplishments over a deeper understanding of complex development processes with the unintended consequence of promoting solutions without strong evidence of impact >> Read more