The fourth Annual Bank Conference on Africa: Call for papers

The fourth Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) will be held at Berkeley, California, on June 5-6, 2017. Titled The Challenges and Opportunities of Transforming African Agriculture, the conference will cover various topics pertinent to agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is being organized jointly by the World Bank (Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region), the >> Read more

Foresight Africa viewpoint: Science and the farm

This viewpoint by PIM Director Karen Brooks was originally written as part of the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative’s Foresight Africa 2017 report. Read the full chapter on increasing employment opportunities here. Cross-posted with permission from Brookings' Africa in Focus blog. 

Piecing together the puzzle of underinvestment in agriculture

Tolulope Olofinbiyi and Tewodaj Mogues (IFPRI) are sharing insights from a qualitative study of subnational government spending in Nigeria. 

Book: Confronting Drought in Africa’s Drylands: Opportunities for Enhancing Resilience

Drylands make up about 43 percent of the region’s land surface, account for about 75 percent of the area used for agriculture, and are home to about 50 percent of the population, including many poor. Involving complex interactions among many factors, vulnerability in drylands is rising, jeopardizing the livelihood for millions of people. 

Book: Agricultural research in Africa: Investing in future harvests

Cross-posted from IFPRI In Agricultural Research in Africa: Investing in Future Harvests, researchers and other development specialists examine the state of agricultural research and development (R&D) in the region and how such R&D can be improved. The research is an output of Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI), led by the International Food Policy Research >> Read more