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About josheard

Josh Heard is an actor in Washington, DC.

Market Access and Capacity Strengthening for Nigerian Farmers

Small hold farmers in Nigeria will benefit from a US$74.7 million loan from IFAD. IFAD has partnered with the Federal Republic of Nigeria to establish a Value Chain Development Programme. The loan agreement, signed into place by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Coordinating … Continue reading

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Improving Market Access and Commercialization: Assessment of Scenarios with Policy Analysis Matrix

On July 25th at 9:00 am (EST), Shahidur Rashid, senior research fellow, Markets Trade and Institutions Division, IFPRI, delivered a livestreamed seminar on “Market Access and Commercialization.” A copy of the PowerPoint presentation has been made available on this site … Continue reading

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Adaptation Options for sub-Saharan Africa in the Face of Climate Change

Authors Alvaro Calzadilla, Tingju Zhu, Katrin Rehdanz, Richard S.J. Tol, and Claudia Ringler tackle the obstacles and opportunities for climate change adaptation in their paper Economy wide impacts of climate change on agriculture – case study for adaptation strategies in … Continue reading

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The Economics of Rural Infrastructure

In many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, there are large tracts of arable land with significant agricultural potential. Unfortunately, much of this land is located in remote areas that lack access to major markets, so this enormous agronomic potential remains untapped. … Continue reading

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Protecting Smallholder Farmers

Sustainable smallholder agriculture will be the focus of IFAD’s major annual event, the 2012 Governing Council (Feb. 22-23). The highlight of Sustainable smallholder agriculture: Feeding the world, protecting the planet will be a discussion on Feb. 23 with Bill Gates, co-chair of … Continue reading

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Controversies Over Climate-Smart Agriculture

Climate-smart agriculture is receiving more attention than ever now that agriculture is on the table at global climate talks (see previous blog post). But critics from all over the climate change arena question climate-smart agriculture’s ability to be the three-point solution for … Continue reading

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To Focus on Adaptation or Not to Focus on Adaptation?

That question could define the next decade of development in Mozambique. In their paper Everyday Realities of Climate Change Adaptation in Mozambique, Luis Artur and Dorothea Holhorst paint a disheartening picture of the current issues facing the vulnerable people of Mozambique. … Continue reading

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