Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.
“Good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development.” - former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan WELCOME to food security policy month on Agrilinks! WHY we care: Public policy guides the development and use of resources. Effective policy...
For many years, we’ve been trying to understand the implications of shrinking farm sizes for millions of rural African households. Driven by population growth and growing land scarcity, most African farm households are witnessing the gradual sub-division of their farms over time , causing the...
If we stray into areas not within our mandate, we change incentive structures and create potential for corruption and erosion of the system. On this road to development, it is important to stay focused and play to our strengths, ensuring safe arrival at our destination.
In rural households from which men have migrated, women in Tajikistan have increased responsibilities in agriculture and are more involved in decision making. But far from being empowered, they face new pressures, including greater demands on their time and exclusion from social networks.
Africa is constantly referred to as a continent that is “rising.” The World Bank predicts that in 2018, six out of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies will be countries in Africa. Economic growth across 55 nations — home to Africa’s nearly 1.2 billion people — is steadily improving. However...
Farmers, consumers, communities and countries face several types of shocks that can negatively affect their wellbeing and growth trajectories. These include stresses caused by weather fluctuations, natural resources depletion, pest and disease outbreaks, disasters, conflicts and political...
We often think of adaptive management in the context of field activities, but it applies to knowledge-sharing efforts like websites, too. Since Agrilinks got a refresh last summer, we have been making small but steady improvements to try to make the website as accessible and easy to use as possible...
Almost everyone has a policy experience of some sort. Here are six lessons I have gleaned over the years. Hopefully, they will help you navigate the well sailed, though largely uncharted, agricultural policy landscape in Africa.
Mutual accountability appeared in high-level global dialogues as a tool to manage development results in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action and as a fundamental principle in the Busan Partnership Agreement . The underlying concept has been further refined in...
Takeaways from a USAID Inclusive Market Systems Development workshop facilitated by Helvetas USA