Resources: Cartoons on Land Tenure and Rights

The #LandToons site features artwork on land and natural resource management, providing policy drivers and the wider public with a new and creative way to share critical information on land reforms and learn more about importance of natural resources and the need for good stewardship. While it has started with a focus on land in >> Read more

Call for proposals: Expression of Interest to Serve as a Hub Partner for Linked Open Data on Land

The Land Portal Foundation is currently looking for a small number of national or regional partners to serve as hubs for the development-related information flows on the basis of either their geographic or thematic focus. The Land Portal Foundation is particularly interested in working with well-established information providers or land-related organizations who want to further >> Read more

Publication: Safeguarding Land Tenure Rights in the Context of Agricultural Investment

FAO has published  a technical guide on safeguarding land tenure rights in the context of agricultural investment. This guide has been developed in response to concerns regarding large-scale land acquisitions and the need to increase investment in agriculture. The guide supports application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure for Land, Fisheries and >> Read more

Toronto Event for the Global Nutrition Report

The Toronto launch of the GNR was organised by SickKids Research Centre, GAIN and the Micronutrient Initiative. The timing of the launch was good. A new Liberal government has just been elected and it is more concerned with social democratic issues, more committed to doing something about child poverty in Canada, and has a renewed >> Read more

Maize markets symposium: event report & recommendations

On 1 October 2015, IFPRI, with support from a multi-partner planning committee, held a high-level event to explore the evidence on best practices for improving the functionality of staple food markets. Technical presentations from IFPRI, FAO, the World Bank, and IAPRI laid out evidence on the topic. Stakeholder discussions then reflected on the current realities >> Read more

Bunda Grant Scheme Mentees Chosen

We are excited to announce this years recipients of the Bunda Grant Scheme mentorship program wherein IFPRI researchers support promising young master’s students at Bunda College (LUANAR) to refine and publish their research. The recipients and their research topics are as follows: Cuthbert Chirwa -- The Impact of farm income diversification on household welfare and poverty: evidence >> Read more

State-inducement Versus Self-initiation

EDRI Working Paper 013 by Girum Abebe. Abstract; The promotion of micro and small enterprises has been a centerpiece of the Ethiopian government’s strategy to alleviate urban unemployment among the youth since 2004. Since this time, the government has adopted twin strategies of creating a business environment conducive to start and operate MSEs while at >> Read more

New Publication: Determinants of adoption of improved cassava varieties among farming households in Oyo, Benue, and Akwa Ibom states of Nigeria

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce a new publication from the International Food Policy Research Institute's HarvestPlus program entitled "Determinants of adoption of improved cassava varieties among farming households in Oyo, Benue, and Akwa Ibom states of Nigeria"  by Abdoulaye Tahirou, A.S. Bamire, Adewale Oparinde, and A.A. Akinola as the 20th publication of the HarvestPlus >> Read more

Envisioning possible futures for fish production in Indonesia

The new report released by WorldFish summarizes the results of a systematic effort to explore possible futures for aquaculture and fisheries in Indonesia. The work described is part of a larger effort that seeks to develop a shared vision for the sectors that 1) aligns public and private investments to foster growth and economic sustainability; >> Read more

Source: GSSP Notes

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – November 23, 2015

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa: Agricultural Issues AfDB Plans US$3bn Facility to Improve Food Nutrition The African Development Bank (AfDB) has taken a giant step toward improved food nutrition and security with plans to develop a US$300million facility that will leverage about US$3billion from banks and microfinance institutions across the continent >> Read more