See also:
» 27.01.2010 - ‘Agriculture makes good business sense’ – IFAD
» 27.01.2010 - ‘Agriculture makes good business sense’ – IFAD
» 22.12.2009 - Tea prices to stabilise with normal weather in 2010
» 14.12.2009 - Experts discuss ways to strengthen poor nations' agriculture
» 30.11.2009 - FAO declares victory over rinderpest
» 19.11.2009 - Developing countries urged to make agriculture a funding priority
» 19.11.2009 - FAO chief regrets no measurable targets adopted to fight hunger
» 16.11.2009 - $1 million boost for FAO’s food security work

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Agriculture - Nutrition | Economy - Development | Society

Agricultural research reduces poverty in sub-Saharan Africa

afrol News, 30 November - A study on the impact of agricultural research on productivity and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) shows that agricultural research is currently reducing the number of poor people in the region by 2.3 million annually.

The study, authored by Drs Arega Alene and Ousmane Coulibaly of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), has found that payoffs from agricultural research are impressive with an estimated aggregate rate of return of 55 percent.

However, the researchers say that the actual impacts are not large enough to offset the poverty-increasing effects of population growth and environmental degradation in the region.

The study which has been published in the Food Policy journal further demonstrates that doubling investments in agricultural research and development in SSA from the current $650 million will reduce poverty by two percentage point annually.

“However, this would not be realised without a more efficient extension, credit, and input supply systems,” says Dr Alene.

The researchers also established that agricultural research had contributed significantly to productivity growth in SSA. Highest returns to agricultural research were found in Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ethiopia, and were attributable to sustained national research investments with modest research capacity, long-term Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) operations, and regional technology spillovers.

The international agricultural research conducted by the CGIAR contributed about 56 percent of the total poverty reduction impact in the region.

According to the study, in view of the significant long-term research investments and demonstrated successes in the region, the poverty reduction that is due to IITA research within the CGIAR ranges from half to one million poor people annually.

Despite the contribution of agric research and development, the study notes that SSA also faces several constraints outside the research system that hinder realisation of potential research benefits.

These include weak extension systems, lack of efficient credit and input supply systems, and poor infrastructural development.

Therefore, the study concludes that efforts aimed at improving the functioning of extension, credit, and input supply systems will contribute to achieving greater poverty reduction through agricultural research.

- Create an e-mail alert for Africa news
- Create an e-mail alert for Agriculture - Nutrition news
- Create an e-mail alert for Economy - Development news
- Create an e-mail alert for Society news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at