Youth migration and labor constraints in African agrarian households

The new paper investigates how youth migration in Ethiopia and Malawi affects household labor, hired labor demand, and income, and whether these effects vary by migrant sex and destination.

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.

CGIAR researchers combine forces to reduce the damage of banana disease in Uganda

Bananas and plantains (Musa spp.) provide a major source of food and income for over 30 million people in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA). Uganda produces an estimated 10 million tonnes annually valued at about US$550 million. Most ECA bananas are domestically consumed with the highest global per capita consumption of over 200 kg. Banana Xanthomonas >> Read more

“…An exceptional opportunity to promote up-and-coming African researchers”

The Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program managed by Cornell University in collaboration with PIM and other partners began in 2016 and to date has supported 14 talented early-career African researchers. We talked with two 2017 fellows, Wondimagegn Mesfin Tesfaye and Chiyembekezo Chafuwa, to learn more about their STAARS experience.

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.