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Returns to Food and Agricultural R&D Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1975–2014

Publication Date: November, 2016

Research-enabled growth in agricultural productivity is pivotal to sub-Saharan Africa’s overall economic growth prospects.

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Weather Risk: How Does It Change the Yield Benefits of Nitrogen Fertilizer and Improved Maize Varieties in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Publication Date: October, 2016

The purpose of this research was to explore how weather risk affects the value of nitrogen fertilizer use and improved seed variety adoption to Sub-Saharan African (SSA) maize farmers.

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Crop Improvement Research

Measuring the Effectiveness of Crop Improvement Research in Sub-Saharan Africa from the Perspectives of Varietal Output, Adoption, and Change: 20 Crops, 30 Countries, and 1150 Cultivars in Farmers’ Fields

Publication Date: July, 2014

A synthesis report on the results of a CGIAR project: Diffusion and Impact of Improved Varieties in Africa (DIIVA) Project – the first major study to focus on the diffusion of improved crop varieties

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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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Putting Gender on the Map: Methods for Mapping Gendered Farm Management Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

Publication Date: January, 2012

Although the different roles of men and women in agriculture in different parts of Sub-Saharan Africa have been widely acknowledged, there have not been consistent efforts to collect data on these patterns. This paper presents a way of classifying gendered farm management systems and then describes pilots of four different approaches to collecting and georeferencing information on the dominant pattern in each area.

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Crop Production and Road Connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Spatial Analysis

Publication Date: July, 2010

This study examines the relationship between transport infrastructure and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa using new data obtained from geographic information systems (GIS).

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Creating Growing Period Start and End Dates Using Satellite Derived Data – Notes on Methodology v1.2

Publication Date: April, 2010

In order to improve our definition of growing seasons for input into the crop growth model and ultimately to redefine the Agroecological Zones surface, we explored the use of 1km resolution greening up/down data derived from MODIS satellite images.

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Torrents and Trickles: Irrigation Spending Needs in Africa; Summary

Publication Date: September, 2009

Water for irrigation can be collected in two ways: through large, dam-based schemes, or through small projects based on collection of run-off from rainfall. Both possibilities are considered here.

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Generating Plausible Crop Distribution Maps for Sub-Saharan Africa Using a Spatially Disagreggated Data Fusion and Optimization Approach

Publication Date: February, 2009

Large gaps exist in our knowledge of the current geographic distribution and spatial patterns of performance of crops, and these gaps are unlikely to be filled.

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Awakening Africa's Sleeping Giant: Prospects for Commercial Agriculture in the Guinea Savannah Zone and Beyond

Publication Date: January, 2009

This report summarizes the findings of the study on Competitive Commercial Agriculture for Africa (CCAA). The objective of the CCAA study was to explore the feasibility of restoring international competitiveness and growth in African agriculture through the identification of products and production systems that can underpin rapid development of a competitive commercial agriculture.