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The South African food system is capable of supplying enough food for its people either through production or trade. At the same time South Africa faces a ‘dual burden’ of malnutrition. Persistent under-nutrition exists alongside rising rates of diet-related NCDs (e.g. diabetes, heart disease...

by Fred Nelson, Emmanuel Sulle , Dilys Roe in 2016

This briefing paper co-published by IIED, Maliasili Initiatives and PLAAS looks at the conservation crisis in Africa and what can be done by donors, NGOs and conservation practitioners and researchers. Conservation in Africa is failing. An upsurge in poaching and wildlife trafficking has made...

FAC Policy Brief 86
by Cyriaque Hakizimana in 2016

Young people are a growing proportion of Africa’s population and most live in poverty in rural areas. Despite urbanisation, in absolute numbers the rural youth are growing and agricultural development needs to prioritise opportunities for them to create land-based livelihoods. Private...

FAC Policy Brief 85
by Paul Goldsmith in 2016

This study investigated the impacts of three models of commercial agriculture on economic development and rural livelihoods in an area dominated by small-scale producers. The research in general points to a relationship between the value of production under the different models and the...

FAC Policy Brief 84
by Cyriaque Hakizimana in 2016

The study was carried out in Kenya’s Meru County and examined three agricultural farming models: outgrowers, medium-scale commercial farms and a plantation. This was part of the ‘Land and Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa’ research project conducted in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. The...

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