STAARS fellowship accepting applications for 2019

The Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program managed by Cornell University in collaboration with PIM and other partners calls for concept proposals from early-career African researchers seeking to become STAARS fellows in 2019. Application deadline: March 1, 2019.

Thom Jayne appointed special advisor to the president of the African Development Bank

In this part-time position Prof. Jayne will assist the Bank’s efforts to build the African Development Institute and to promote collaborative partnerships with African governments, national African research institutes, and international universities.

Webinar: Climate resilience and job prospects for young people in agriculture

Climate change matters for all people. Does it matter particularly for young people? If so, where and how? Join our webinar with Karen Brooks and Keith Wiebe on February 7 to discuss!

Medium-scale farms are on the rise in Africa. Why this is good news

Driven by population growth and growing land scarcity, most African farm households are witnessing the gradual sub-division of their land. Over time farms are getting smaller and smaller. Today, over 80% of farms in relatively densely populated countries are smaller than one hectare.

In Africa, more not fewer people will work in agriculture

Many people in Sub-Saharan Africa still work in agriculture; on average, over half of the labor force, and even more in poorer countries and localities. Yet the share of the labor force in agriculture is declining (as is normal in development), leading African leaders and economists to focus on job creation outside agriculture.