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Farming Practices and Systems

The impact of climate variability and change on economic growth and poverty in Zambia

We combined a hydro-crop model with a dynamic general equilibrium (DCGE) model to assess the impacts of climate variability

Defining smallholder agriculture in Ghana: Who are Smallholders, what do they do, and how are they linked with Markets?

Smallholders in Ghana, as elsewhere, are widely considered to be the largest as well as the most vulnerable component of the rural sector. Ghana professes national development objectives of reducing rural poverty through the increased productivity and com

Green and Blue Water Accounting in the Limpopo and Nile Basins: Implications for Food and Agricultural Policy

Globally, most food is produced using soil moisture that comes from precipitation (i.e., “green” water). Moreover, most of the water that reaches plants in irrigated systems also stems from precipitation. Despite this, irrigation (or “blue”) water has typ

Controlling cassava mosaic virus and cassava mealybug in Sub-Saharan Africa

Cassava was imported from Latin America some 300 years ago, and colonial governments in Africa used it as a famine-reserve crop.

Agroenvironmental transformation in the Sahel

A farmer-managed, agroenvironmental transformation has occurred over the past three decades in the West African Sahel, enabling both land rehabilitation and agricultural intensification to support a dense and growing population. This paper traces the tech

The case of zero-tillage technology in Argentina

Argentine agriculture has undergone significant transformations over the past three decades.

The impact of shallow tubewells and boro rice on food security in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has made notable progress in achieving food security, despite extreme population pressures, limited land resources, and an agrarian structure dominated by small and tenant farmers.

Pearl millet and sorghum improvement in India

The spread of modern varieties and hybrids of pearl millet and sorghum that began in the mid-1960s has had an important impact on small farmer welfare in India.

Rich consumers and poor producers

In recent years, quality standards have become crucial for developing countries’ agricultural production systems in gaining access to high-value markets abroad or at home. High-value supply chains offer opportunities for high profits, but in order to comp