Stricter measures had major impacts on farmers’ livelihoods and food security.
The industry is in the hands of smallholder farmers who struggle to raise capital and practise good farming.
Hardline positions could narrow the options available to farmers and conservation practitioners in a way that can be harmful to both.
Smallholder rice farmers in Ghana should be supported by the government to access finance needed to adopt modern technologies for greater productivity.
For decades Somalia has been in a near-constant state of food insecurity. This is due to a combination of stagnant crop production, a rapidly increasing population and political unrest.
By looking at the evolving history of the open government data movement, scientists can see both limitations to current approaches and identify ways to move forward from them.
The new initiative reproduces the core weaknesses of post-apartheid state land and agricultural policy. These have done little to improve the livelihoods of the poor.
We highlight the distressing rise in the prices of essential food products. We call for the urgent expansion of price controls, as well as an inquiry into the price-setting of major retailers.
And why development funders should listen to smallholder farmers
Understanding rural household aspirations and taking them seriously in development planning could offer great potential in shaping the future of rural spaces.
Changing weather modifies insect traits and can have an impact on their food, natural enemies and predators.
Smallholder farming might not be able to generate enough value on its own, but farmers still need support.
Over the past two decades digitisation has steadily transformed African farming.
Understanding the political economy around maize production puts into context debates on key interventions in the value chain.
There have been some positive strides made in getting smallholders involved in digital agriculture in Africa
Ethiopia’s teff plant is gluten-free and demand is growing. The country needs to upgrade its harvesting to reap the rewards.
Medium-scale farms are an important driver of agricultural and rural transformation in much of Africa.
The $4 billion that foundations are pledging to spend within five years amounts to less than 1 percent of what businesses and governments spend on global warming every year.
South Africa’s smallholder farmers face major obstacles but being in groups can help them.
Africa’s declaration to boost agriculture on the continent has seem some progress but a lot still needs to be done.