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.

WEBINAR: Do medium and large-scale farms generate income spillovers for rural households? The case of Tanzania

Land acquisitions by foreign and local investors has generated much speculation about the impacts on smallholder households and rural communities. In our webinar on November 6, Jordan Chamberlin (CIMMYT) will present a study that aims to determine the impact of farm structure on rural household incomes in Tanzania. REGISTER>>

Webinar: Helping smallholder farmers manage risks: Innovations to improve agricultural insurance

While agricultural insurance has been around for a long time, its adoption by smallholders around the world has been limited. High costs, asymmetric information, moral hazard, lack of trust are among the reasons. Join our webinar on September 19 to learn about two innovative approaches to agricultural insurance that aim to overcome these challenges.

New paper explores how big cities, small towns affect poor farmers in Africa

Rapid urbanization in developing countries stimulates interest in understanding the impact of the nature of urbanization on the economies of these countries. The new study investigates relationship between agriculture and different sized cities in Ethiopia, with focus on teff market.

Do men and women benefit equally from technology adoption? New paper explores

Researchers have sought to understand what keeps women’s observed rates of agricultural technology adoption low. But what happens after a new technology is adopted by a household? Do women’s lives really become better? Are they more empowered? A new paper explores these questions using the example of adopting small-scale irrigation technologies in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania.