Africa: Food & Agriculture

  • AIDS and Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa (Martina Haslwimmer)
      The paper discusses the impact of AIDS in agriculture which may result in labour shortages forcing farm households to shift from cash to subsistence crops when food security is being threatened. Cash crops which require a long investment period may not be suitable for families afflicted by AIDS that are in need of quick returns to cover immediate medical, funeral or orphan-related expenses, etc.
  • Country Food Supply Indicators - Kenya
      The country food supply indicators presented in this document are based on information extracted from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) database, it covers Kenya statistics. Other African countries can be found on the FAO website.
  • FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission: Special Reports and Alerts
      Reports by the Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS) covering several african countries.
  • FAOSTAT Agriculture Statistics Database
      FAO database contains time-series data (starting 1961) for over 210 countries and 1500 items on the production and trade of primary and derived crops and livestock products; agricultural machinery; fertiliser, pesticides and insecticides (trade only); land use and population.
  • FAO: Future Energy Requirements for Africa's Agriculture
      This paper discusses the role of energy in many important inputs for production, conversion, processing and commercialization of agriculture in Africa.
  • FAO Agricultural Statistics Information Links: Africa
      The FAO division of statistics assembles, analyzes and disseminates statistics and related meta data on world food and agriculture and prepares annual food supply assessments in all countries. It cooperates with FAO Members in improving the coverage, consistency and quality of the data. This site provides links to statistics of African countries via an interactive map.
  • Funding of Agricultural Research: Traditional Private Sector and Non-Conventional Alternatives (Melvin G. Blase)
      This study discusses the role of a number of dramatic possibilities for innovative funding of public sector research which have implications for African public research institutions in agriculture.
  • Sahel Weather and Crop Situation
      These reports are prepared under the responsibility of FAO/GIEWS (Global Information and Early Warning Service) with information from official and unofficial sources. The reports deals with the impact of weather on harvesting of crops.
  • SPAAR Information System (SIS)
      The mission of the Special Programme for African Agricultural Research (SPAAR) is to enhance agricultural production in Africa by increasing donor co-ordination in the field of agricultural research. The SPAAR Information System (SIS) complements the registration of national funded projects in database CARIS managed by FAO. At present over 5400 projects are recorded in SIS which are now also available on various CD-ROMs.
  • A Strategy for Agricultural Research in Sub-Saharan Africa
      This study argues that sustainable agricultural and rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa depends very much on the strength of the national research systems.
  • USAID Famine Early Warning System
      Famine Early Warning system in affected African countries.
  • Women, Agriculture and Rural Development: Tanzania
      The study assesses the role of women in Tanzanian agriculture which is the predominant sector of the Tanzanian economy. In 1992 it contributed 62% of the GDP and employed 79.8% of the labour force.
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    Editor: Dr. Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D, aadinar@sas.upenn.edu
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