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Trends and Patterns of Land Use Change and International Aid in Sub-Saharan Africa

Publication Date: October, 2013

The sub-Saharan Africa region recorded the fastest conversion of forest land to agriculture in the past 20 years. The region also has the widest yield gap and together with Latin America and Caribbean has the largest unused arable land. However, there are wide variations across countries and this offers valuable lessons on the drivers of agricultural intensification and land use dynamics.

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Comparative Analysis of Biofuels Policy Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Place of Private and Public Sectors

Publication Date: February, 2013

Considering that biofuels are considered as a catalyst for stimulating rural economic development, a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SAA) have developed policies to guide the development of the sector. This paper reviews the extent to which the existing biofuels policies and strategies of SSA countries have embraced public-private partnerships (PPPs) and whether the policies enhance or hinder such partnerships.

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Global and US Trends in Agricultural R&D in a Global Food Security Setting

Publication Date: February, 2012

In recent decades, we have witnessed in most countries a slowdown in the rate of growth in spending on agricultural Research and Development (R&D) — especially R&D oriented to enhancing farm productivity.

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A Strategic Look at Global Wheat Production, Productivity and R&D Developments

Publication Date: January, 2011

The 20th century began with a rapid ramping up of national investments in and institutions engaged with research for food and agriculture.

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South African Agricultural R&D Investments: Sources, Structure, and Trends, 1910-2007

Publication Date: January, 2011

The twentieth century saw substantive shifts in the structure, funding and conduct of public agricultural research and development (R&D) and related regulatory and extension activities in South Africa. Following a long period of steady (and at times quite rapid) growth beginning in the early twentieth century, real spending on public agricultural R&D has essentially flat lined since the 1970s.

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Indonesia: From Food Security to Market-Led Agricultural Growth

Publication Date: January, 2010

In this chapter, I examine the sources of agricultural growth in Indonesia over the 45 years from 1961 to 2006. I use a growth accounting method to examine how resource expansion, technological improvements, commodity diversification, and human capital contributed to growth in real agricultural output.

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Introduction and Overview

Publication Date: January, 2010

This chapter is the introduction and overview of the book "The Shifting Patterns of Agricultural Production and Productivity Worldwide," edited by Julian M. Alston, Bruce A. Babcock, and Philip G. Pardey.

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Reassessing Public-Private Roles in Agricultural R&D for Economic Development

Publication Date: January, 2010

Following a brief description of the links between agricultural R&D, productivity growth and food security outcomes, we review the patterns of agricultural productivity growth. The evolving institutional and investment realities confronting agricultural R&D are presented, including developments in the public and private sectors.

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South African Agricultural Research and Development: A Century of Change

Publication Date: January, 2010

The 20th Century saw substantive shifts in the structure of agriculture and agricultural production in South Africa. Farm size grew, farm numbers eventually declined, and production increasingly emphasized higher-valued commodities, notably a range of horticultural crops.

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The Agricultural Sector in Argentina: Major Trends and Recent Developments

Publication Date: January, 2010

The purpose of this chapter is to analyze the major output, export, and productivity trends experienced by Argentinean agriculture in recent decades, and to study the main drivers behind such developments.

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