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Information note for the technical consultation on gender, property rights and livelihoods in the era of AIDS
Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division (ESW), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 12 Dec 2007

Realising gender in agricultural policies: The fight for equality is not over
Rebecca Holmes and Rachel Slater, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Dec 2007

2008 National Budget Statement: Zimbabwe
Minister of Finance, Zimbabwe, 29 Nov 2007

Towards a Resolution on Rural Development, Land Reform and Agrarian Change: ANC Economic Transformation Committee Discussion Document
ANC Economic Transformation Committee, 2007

The African food system and its interactions with health and nutrition
UNU-Cornell Africa Series , 13 Nov 2007

Partnership for Development: 9th Africa Partnership Forum
Africa Partnership Forum (APF) Support Unit, 12 Nov 2007

Southern Africa Food Security Update: November 2007
Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), Nov 2007

Bio-fuelling Poverty: Why the EU renewable-fuel target may be disastrous for poor people
Oxfam, 1 Nov 2007

Perceptions of environmental risks in Mozambique: Implications for the success of adaptation and coping strategies
Anthony G. Patt and Dagmar Schröter, The World Bank, Nov 2007

The impact of China on sub-Saharan Africa
Raphael Kaplinsky, Dorothy McCormick and Mike Morris , Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Nov 2007

Local and regional procurement of food aid in Africa: Impact and policy issues
Jonathan Coulter , Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK, 28 Oct 2007

Making contract farming work with co-operatives
Martin Prowse, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), 19 Oct 2007

Zimbabwe Mid-Year Monetary Policy Statement
Dr. Gideon Gono, Governor, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, 1 Oct 2007

Addressing the employment-poverty Nexus in Kenya: Comparing cash-transfer and job-creation programmes
Eduardo Zepeda, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Poverty Centre (IPC), Oct 2007

The first Millennium Development Goal, agriculture and climate change
Martin Prowse and Tim Braunholtz-Speight, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Oct 2007

Patents: Taken for granted in plans for a Global Biofuels Market
Steve Suppan, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Oct 2007

The world's most deprived: Characteristics and causes of extreme poverty and hunger
Akhter U. Ahmed, Ruth Vargas Hill, Lisa C. Smith, Doris M. Wiesmann, and Tim Frankenberger , International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Oct 2007

Global warming and agriculture: New country estimates show developing countries face declines in agricultural productivity
William R. Cline, Center for Global Development (CGD), Sep 2007

Growth, poverty and inequality in Mozambique
Pekka Virtanen and Dag Ehrenpreis, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Poverty Centre (IPC), Sep 2007

Climate change, agricultural policy and poverty reduction – how much do we know?
Rachel Slater, Leo Peskett, Eva Ludi and David Brown, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Sep 2007

Informal Cross Border Food Trade in Southern Africa
FEWS NET/ World Food Programme (WFP) Cross Border Food Trade Monitoring System Technical Committee, Sep 2007

Africa Review Report on Agriculture and Rural Development (Summary)
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), 23 Aug 2007

New Partnership for Africa's Development: Fifth consolidated report on progress in implementation and international support
Secretary-General, United Nations General Assembly, 3 Aug 2007

Freedom to innovate: Biotechnology in Africa’s development - report of the High-level African Panel on Modern Biotechnology
Calestous Juma and Ismail Serageldin, African Union (AU) and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Aug 2007

Report and recommendations by the Panel of Experts on the Development of Policy regarding Land Ownership by Foreigners in South Africa, August 2007
Prof. Shadrack Gutto (Chairperson), Dr Joe Matthews (Deputy Chairperson), Prof. Fred Hendricks, Mr. Bonile Jack, Prof. Dirk Kotzé, Mr. Mandla Mabuza, Ms Nothemba Rossette Mlozi, Ms Mandisa Monokali, Mr Cecil Morden, Ms Christine Qunta, Aug 2007

Africa Review Report on Drought and Desertification
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Aug 2007

"How can services operate at scale to promote sustainable livelihoods in Limpopo?" Report from the Khanya-aicdd Seminar in Limpopo, South Africa
Khanya - African Institute for Community-Driven Development (Khanya – aicdd), 20 Jul 2007

Communiqué La démocratie, la pauvreté et le développement : Perspective et leçons des îles-états de la SADC
Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN), 19 Jul 2007

SEATINI Bulletin, Vol 10 - no 7
Richard Kamidza, Ludwig Chizarura, Aulline Mabika, and others, Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI), 15 Jul 2007

Taxing agricultural land: A policy instrument for land use intensification, local development and land market reform
Malcolm D. Childress, Peter Hansen, David Solomon, Rogier van den Brink, University of Witwatersrand / World Bank, 10 Jul 2007

History of Land Concentration and Land Reforms
Hans P. Binswanger-Mkhize, Klaus Deininger, World Bank, 9 Jul 2007

China's Land (re)Distribution and Economic Development
Xiaopeng Luo, Zuhui Huang and Wenrong Qian, China Academy for Rural Development, Zhejiang University, 9 Jul 2007

Land Redistribution in Zimbabwe
Simon Pazvakavambwa, Former Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement, Zimbabwe, 9 Jul 2007

Learning from Old and New Approaches to Land Reform in India
Tim Hanstad, Rural Development Institute, 9 Jul 2007

Expropriating Land in Brazil: principles and practices
Zander Navarro, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul / Research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, 9 Jul 2007

Negotiated Agrarian Reform in Brazil: principles and practice
Gerd Sparovek and Rodrigo Fernando Maule, University of São Paulo, 9 Jul 2007

Land Redistribution in South Africa: Progress to Date
Edward Lahiff, Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape, 9 Jul 2007

Setting up the Overall Framework for Land Reform
Sam Moyo, African Institute for Agrarian Studies, 9 Jul 2007

Urban LandMark Newsletter: Volume 2, no. 3 - July 2007
Editor: Denise Buiten, Urban LandMark, Jul 2007

The new scramble for Africa: Grain
GRAIN, Jul 2007

Implications of the 2007/08 budget in the development of agricultural sector, Tanzania
Timothy S. Nyoni (PhD), Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) , 19 Jun 2007

What could the Doha Round mean for Africa?
Katherine Vyborny, Carnegie Endowment, 12 Jun 2007

Biofuels, agriculture and poverty reduction
Leo Peskett, Rachel Slater, Chris Stevens, Annie Dufey, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Jun 2007

Independent review of land issues, Volume III, 2006-2007: Eastern and Southern Africa
Edited by Martin Adams and Robin Palmer, Jun 2007

Protecting health in the proposed Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between East and Southern African (ESA) countries and the European Union
Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa (EQUINET) and Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI), Jun 2007

Changes in the governance of global value chains of fresh fruits and vegetables: Opportunities and challenges for producers in sub-Saharan Africa
Temu A.E and N.W Marwa, South Centre, Jun 2007

Beyond any drought: Root causes of chronic vulnerability in the Sahel
Pippa Trench, John Rowley, Marthe Diarra, Fernand Sano, Boubacar Keita, The Sahel Working Group, Jun 2007

From Wolfowitz to Zoellick: An opportunity lost - Bretton Woods Update, May-June 2007
Bretton Woods Project, May 2007

A review of nutrition and food security approaches in HIV and AIDS programmes in Eastern and Southern Africa
Dora Panagides, Rick Graciano, Peter Atekyereza, Lilia Gerberg and Mickey Chopra, Helen Keller International / Makerere University / Congressional Hunger Center / Medical Research Council of South Africa, May 2007

Ad-hoc expert group meeting on agriculture and rural transformation in Africa
Josué Dioné, UN Economic Commission for Africa , 23 Apr 2007

Biofuel production and the threat to South Africa's food security
A. Sugrue and R. Douthwaite,, Apr 2007

Understanding how HIV/AIDS, agricultural systems, and food security are linked
Lori M. Hunter , Population Reference Bureau and University of Colorado, Boulder, Apr 2007

Beyond the Divide: The covenant on economic, social and cultural rights and the World Trade Organization
Robert Howse and Ruti G. Teitel, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung , Apr 2007

Rural livelihoods, poverty reduction, and food security in Southern Africa: Is CBNRM the answer?
Jaap Arntzen, Tshepo Setlhogile and Jon Barnes, FRAME, IUCN, Centre for Applied Research, International Resources Group, Mar 2007

Whose security? Deepening social conflict over 'customary' land in the shadow of land tenure reform in Malawi
Pauline E. Peters and Daimon Kambewa , Center for International Development (CID), Harvard University, Mar 2007

Concessions to Poverty: The environmental, social and economic impacts of industrial logging concessions in Africa's rainforests
The Rainforest Foundation and Forests Monitor, Feb 2007

Agricultural subsidies, poverty and the environment: Supporting a domestic reform agenda in developing countries
Antonio la Vina, Lindsey Fransen, Paul Faeth, Yuko Kurauchi, World Resources Institute (WRI), Jan 2007

Agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Mats Hårsmar (editor) , Expert Group on Development Issues (EGDI), 2007

Plano Económico e Social para 2007, Mozambique
Government of Mozambique, 2007

Saving Africa’s Soils: Science and technology for improved soil management in Africa
NEPAD, World Agroforestry Centre, CIAT, TSBF, 2007

On the verge of a new water scarcity: A call for good governance and human ingenuity
Falkenmark, M., A. Berntell, A. Jägerskog, J. Lundqvist, M. Matz and H. Tropp, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), 2007

Rice production in the Maswa District, Tanzania and its contribution to poverty alleviation
Jerry A. Ngailo, Abiud L. Kaswamila, Catherine J. Senkoro, Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), 2007

Poverty eradication and the current debates
Jack Jones Zulu, Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN) , 2007

World Bank assistance to agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa: An IEG review
Independent Evaluation Group (IEG); World Bank, 2007

Human security, vulnerability and sustainable adaptation
Karen O’Brien and Robin Leichenko , Human Development Report Office , 2007

How do poor people adapt to weather variability and natural disasters today?
Philip Dobie, Barry Shapiro, Patrick Webb and Mark Winslow, Human Development Report Office , 2007

Famine in Malawi: Causes and consequences
Roshni Menon, Human Development Report Office , 2007

Turning vision 2020 into Reality: From recovery to sustatinable human development - Rwanda National Human Development Report
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 2007

Africa Development Indicators 2007
The World Bank / International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 2007

Is Malawi’s fiscal crisis over? A donor perspective
Alan Whitworth, Department for International Development (DFID), 2007

Income diversification through agricultural development
Alexander Schejtman, Julio Berdegué, Félix Modrego, Nov 2006

Case studies of agri-processing and contract agriculture in Africa
Denis Sautier, Hester Vermeulen, Michel Fok, Estelle Biénabe, RIMISP, Nov 2006

The extent and effects of casualisation in Southern Africa: Analysis of Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Oupa Bodibe (editor), National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), Nov 2006

Management of Natural Resources Programme, Tanzania TAN-0092 (Final Evaluation)
Dr Brian Cooksey (Team Leader), Mr Leonce Anthony, Dr Jim Egoe, Ms Kate Forrester, Professor George Kajembe, Mr Bakari Mbano, Ms Isabell von Oertzen, Dr Sibylle Riedmiller, Norad, Nov 2006

Extending the Household Economy Approach to support the design of cash transfer programmes in Zambia
John Seaman, James Acidri, Masozi Kachale, Mary Khozombah, Lineo Mathule and Celia Petty, Wahenga Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme, Nov 2006

Starving the people to feed the cars
Lester R. Brown, 10 Sep 2006

Agricultural intensification in Mozambique: Infrastructure, policy and institutional framework
Peter E. Coughlin, EconPolicy Research Group, Sep 2006

Priority setting for Public-Sector Agricultural Research in Mozambique with the National Agricultural Survey Data
T. Walker, R. Pitoro, A. Tomo, I. Sitoe, C. Salência, R. Mahanzule, C. Donovan, and F. Mazuze, National Institute for Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM), Aug 2006

Estabelecimento de Prioridades para a Investigação Agrária no Sector Público em Moçambique Baseado nos Dados do Trabalho de Inquérito Agrícola (TIA)
T. Walker, R. Pitoro, A. Tomo, I. Sitoe, C. Salência, R. Mahanzule, C. Donovan e F. Mazuze, Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM), Aug 2006

Zambia Food Security Update: July 2006
Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), Jul 2006

FANRPAN Workshop: National Agriculture Forum Proposal Launching / Seminário de Lançamento da Proposta de Fórum Nacional de Agricultura
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), 29 Jun 2006

Plano de Acção para a Redução da Pobreza Absoluta 2006-2009 (PARPA II)
Ministry of Planning and Development of Mozambique, 2 May 2006

Understanding the links between agriculture and health
Edited by Corinna Hawkes and Marie T. Ruel, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), May 2006

Update on current agricultural season: Southern Africa
James Breen, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 13 Apr 2006

Informal cross border food trade in Southern Africa: April 2006

Agricultural policy reform in South Africa
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Apr 2006

Sector-wide approaches for agriculture and rural development
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Apr 2006

Livelihoods recovery through agriculture programme: Lessons for the SADC region
Scott Drimie, 17 Feb 2006

UK farming’s place in world food markets
Tim Bennett, President, NFU, National Farmers' Union (NFU), 15 Feb 2006

The effects of HIV/AIDS on agricultural production systems in Zambia: A restudy 1993-2005
Michael Drinkwater, Margaret McEwan and Fiona Samuels, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Feb 2006

Seed aid for seed security: Advice for practitioners
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), USAID, Care, 2006

Study on agricultural water development and poverty reduction in eastern and southern Africa
Richard Rosenberg, Consultative Group to assist the Poor, 2006

Assessing market distortions affecting poverty reduction efforts on smallholder tobacco production in Tanzania
Dennis Rweyemamu and Monica Kimaro, Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), 2006

Learning to live positively: A key development tool for promoting "treatment preparedness" amongst HIV/AIDS-affected rural communities in Africa
Sam Page, Brice Gbaguidi and Fortunate Nyakanda, CABI UK, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, African Farmers’ Organic Research and Training (AfFOResT), 2006

Reporting Food Security Information (Training Materials: 4 lessons)
European Commission, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 2006

Planning for the future: An assessment of food security early warning systems in sub-Saharan Africa
James Tefft, Mark McGuire and Nick Maunder, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 2006

Report of the workshop on interventions to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on smallholder agriculture, food security and rural livelihoods in Southern Africa
Economic Commission for Africa, 17 Oct 2005

Report on housing and tenure security for farm workers in newly resettled areas
Farm Community Trust of Zimbabwe, 14 Oct 2005

Presentations to the Parliament portfolio committee on land and agriculture on the situation of housing and tenure for farm workers in newly resettled areas
Farm Community Trust of Zimbabwe, 14 Oct 2005

Agricultural development and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa: Building a case for more support
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), 14 Sep 2005

Statement from the Ninth Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-9)
SARCOF, 7 Sep 2005

From 'willing seller, willing buyer' to a people-driven land reform
Dr. Edward Lahiff, Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), Sep 2005

National Evictions Survey
Nkuzi Development Association and Social Surveys, 30 Aug 2005

South African fisheries reform - past, present and future?
Moenieba Isaaca, Mafaniso Hara & Jesper Raakjoer Nielsen, Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), Aug 2005

New directions for African agriculture: IDS Policy Briefing
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Jul 2005

Policy development and implementation by MoA Botswana
D.L. Keboneilwe and M.E. Madisa, Ministry of Agriculture Botswana, Jul 2005

Statement by heads of state and government in support of the outcomes of the high level meeting on the implementation of the CAADP agenda
NEPAD, 19 Jun 2005

Forestry in Zambezia: Chinese takeaway
ORAM, Mozambique, 19 Jun 2005

There is a future for South Africa's small farmers
Ben Cousins, University of the Western Cape, 14 Jun 2005

Africa - up in smoke?
Working Group on Climate Change and Development, Jun 2005

Agricultura familiar em Moçambique estratégias de desenvolvimento sustentável
Tomás A. Sitoe, ORAM, Jun 2005

Opportunities for Norwegian support to agricultural development in Malawi
Kjell Esser, Ragnar Øygard, Catherine Chibwana, Malcolm Blackie, Noragric - Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Jun 2005

The family farm in a globalizing world: The role of crop science in alleviating poverty
Michael Lipton, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Jun 2005

Poverty reduction and agricultural trade in Sub-Saharan Africa: recommendations for USAID interventions
Nathan Associates, May 2005

Targetting small farmers in the implementation of Zambia's poverty reduction strategy paper
CSPR, May 2005

The meaningful role of Agricultural Economists to the future discourse of Black Economic Empowerment in Namibia
Mihe Gaomab II, Namibia Economic Society (NES), 29 Apr 2005

Policy and institutional dimensions of integrated river basin management: Broadening stakeholders participatory processes in the Inkomati River basin of South Africa and the Pangani River Basin of Tanzania
Claudious Chikozho, Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) and Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), Apr 2005

Socio-economic impacts of HIV and AIDS on rural agricultural producers in three regions of Northern Namibia: a preliminary report
Ben Fuller, Deon van Zyl, NEPRU, Mar 2005

Forgotten by the highway: globalisation, adverse incorporation and chronic poverty in a commercial farming district
Andries du Toit, University of the Western Cape, Feb 2005

People-centred environmental management and municipal commonage in the Nama Karoo
Doreen Atkinson, Centre for Applied Social Sciences and Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies, Feb 2005

Development of co-operatives for agriculture and agro-industrial commercialisation in the central region of Mozambique
Verde Azul Consult LDA, For - ORAM - Associação Rural de Ajuda Mútua and NOVIB, Feb 2005

USAID long-term agricultural training assessment: Southern Africa
Ann Skelton, Donald Jackson, Development Associates, 12 Jan 2005

HIV/AIDS and the agricultural sector in eastern and southern africa: anticipating the consequences
T.S. Jayne, Marcela Villarreal, Prabhu Pingali, Günter Hemrich, Michigan State University, 2005

Competitiveness in the international agricultural industry
NAMC, 2005

A leadership strategy for reducing hunger and malnutrition in Africa: The Agriculture-Nutrition Advantage
Charlotte Johnson-Welsh, Kerry MacQuarrie and Sandra Bunch, International Centre for Research on Women, 2005

Dialogue of theory and empirical evidence: A weighted decision and tenurial niche approach to reviewing the operation of natural resources policy in rural southern Africa
Alois Mandondo, Centre for Social Sciences (CASS) and Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2005

Exclusion through defined membership in people centred natural resource management: Who defines?
Alfons Wabahe Mosimane and Karl Mutani Aribeb, Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) and programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2005

Biotechnology, agriculture, and food security in Southern Africa
Edited by Steven Were Omamo and Klaus von Grebmer, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) & Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), 2005

Sustainable rural livelihoods: a framework for analysis
Ian Scoones, IDS, 2005

The crisis in African agriculture: A more effective role for EC aid?
Participatory Ecological Land-use Management (PELUM) Association, Practical Action, 2005

The state of food and agriculture
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 2005

Impact of HIV/AIDS on African agriculture and the role of the Consultative Group on agricultural research
Annmarie J. Kormawa, 2005

United Nations Convention to combat desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa
United Nations (UN), 12 Sep 1994

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Namibia: Fish exports generated N$5 billion
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Windhoek: The value of Namibian fish and fishery products for 2012 was estimated at N$5.2 billion while the Gross Domestic Product contribution for the same year is put at 3.9 percent. The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, said this was a clear indication – despite negative factors affecting the industry – that the sector remained resilient and continues being one of the key pillars of the  country’s national economy. During 2011 the final value of exports in the fishing sector stood at N$5.1 billion, which was an increase from the N$4.4 billion exported in 2010.

Gender inequalities in ownership and control of land in Africa: myths versus reality
14 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Washington: Over the past decade, stakeholders have made a variety of generalized claims concerning women’s landownership, both globally and in Africa. Typically, these claims include statements with single statistics, such as “women own less than 2 percent of the world’s land” or “women own approximately 15 percent of land in Africa south of the Sahara.” These claims are problematic because they are not substantiated by empirical evidence, do not reflect variations in landownership across or within countries, do not acknowledge differences in landownership regimes, nor address comparative ownership by men in the same contexts. Neither do they address the difference between ownership and control of land. The lack of a clear understanding behind statistics on gender and land also leads to an inability to clearly articulate a policy response to the potential inequalities faced by women and men.

Malawi's farm input subsidy: where do we go from here?
14 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Washington:  Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) has dominated the agriculture and food security policy landscape in the country since its inception in 2005/06. FISP is now credited - or blamed, depending on one’s viewpoint - for a revival of agricultural input subsidies across Africa as a tool to raise crop productivity and reduce poverty and food insecurity. This follows global reporting about Malawi’s dramatic decline in food insecurity after implementing a subsidy program against expert advice. While historically the debate around the desirability of input subsidies tended to focus on whether short-term gains outweighed the long-term opportunity costs of forgone growth-enhancing investments in infrastructure, research, or extension services, a growing body of literature now questions the ability of these programs to even generate short-term, on-farm benefits that outweigh costs. Although discarding FISP may be political suicide in the short term, anecdotal evidence suggests a gradual but marked shift in Malawian public opinion about the effectiveness or even desirability of FISP.

SA 'non-tariff barriers' stifling intra-SADC trade - Fundanga
13 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Lusaka: South Africa's unfair trading practices are frustrating a diversified intra-regional trade in SADC, says Dr Caleb Fundanga. Making a presentation at a Consumer Unit Trust Society (CUTS)-organised discussion on regional trade on Monday evening, Dr Fundanga, the former Bank of Zambia governor, said South Africa still had in place a number of non-tariff barriers where some agricultural products from the region cannot enter their market for one reason or another. "Zambian beans for example cannot enter that market yet our beans is better than most of that South African beans found on their shelves," he said. "Recently, Vice-President Dr Guy Scott told Parliament that Zambian grapes cannot be sold in South Africa. The South Africans alleged that the grapes were affected by a certain disease. These are non-tariff barriers that need to be removed."

Simplify trade procedures, World Bank tells Zambia
13 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Lusaka:  The World Bank (WB) has urged Zambia to forge trade blocs with neighbouring countries to help tackle the rising cost of agricultural inputs. Country director for Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe Kundhavi Kadiresan said Zambia had the capacity to increase non traditional exports (NTEs) looking at the potential, but needs more trade engagements with neighbouring countries. "Zambia has a lot of opportunities to increase NTEs through agricultural products like maize, soya-beans and other products which calls for building trading blocs for integration, especially that it is a landlocked country," Dr Kadiresan said.

The impact of infant industry protection on competition in Namibia
13 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Windhoek: Recent reports have pointed to concerns over increases on consumer prices of basic foodstuffs and commodities, such as poultry, meat and dairy. Some critics have blamed this on the government’s Infant Industry Protection (IIP) policy. Caution should however be taken when apportioning such blame on infant industry protection. The Minister of Trade and Industry in his recent ministerial speech indicated that the rationale for the adoption of the policy and regulatory measures such as infant industry protection and quantitative restrictions on imports of selected products entering our market are very important instruments to preserve and nurture our economic and industrial growth and in turn accelerate jobs and wealth creation and to equalize wealth distribution by cushioning and creating policy space for existing economic value chains to get off the ground and build the requisite competitive capacity.

Brazilian innovation for under-financed Mozambican agriculture
12 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Maputo: Some of the technological excellence that revolutionised Brazil’s tropical agriculture is reaching small producers in Mozambique. But it is not enough to compensate for the underfinancing of the sector. Last year, Erasmo Laldás, a 37-year-old farmer who has worked for 15 years in Namaacha, a village 75 kilometres from Mozambique’s capital Maputo, planted 15,000 seedlings of Festival, a new strawberry variety originated in the United States. Laldás produced seven tonnes of strawberries, employing eight workers. He sold all his produce in Maputo, and in January was the lead vendor in that market, because there was already a shortage of the fruit in South Africa, his main competitor.

Namibia: Govt partly responsible for high farm prices – FAO
12 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Windhoek:  Government has, to some extent, been responsible for the high prices of farms in Namibia. This is according to the latest agricultural land price study issued by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) on Tuesday. FAO consultant Fleefort Muzyamba said during a stakeholders' consultative workshop on agricultural land prices, organised by the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement in Windhoek, that this is because government has voluntarily accepted price offers. "Government has voluntarily accepted the price offers, and purchased these expensive farms. The government decided to accelerate the purchase of farms at prices even higher than what government valuers had estimated. The effect is that this resulted in sharp increases in farm prices to high levels," he charged.

Indian lines of credit help Ethiopia build sugar and power sectors
11 March 2014, 12:00 pm

New Delhi:  Lines of Credit worth more than $1 billion extended by India to Ethiopia have helped the landlocked country build its sugar and power industries and rail network, Ambassador Gennet Zewide said here Monday. These three sectors together have an employment potential of 50,000 jobs, she added. "The Ethiopian government has a clear policy to be a middle income country by 2023-25. Every five years, it has its own programme. For 2011-15 we have the programme to transfer our economy from agriculture to that of industry. Hence both electricity and sugar are very important," Zewide said, addressing the 10th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership.

Tanzania: Farmers' subsidy voucher system registers success
11 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Dar es Salaam:  The subsidy voucher programme has been a success in almost all districts, with a few facing the challenge of unscrupulous agents and government officials, the government has said. Briefing journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Sophia Kaduma said at least 109 out of 121 districts have registered success in the programme. However, she noted that the remaining 12 districts faced a number of challenges which have to a greater extent failed the programme. She said the programme in the 12 districts was failed by unscrupulous agents and village officials who deceived the farmers.

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