Options and opportunities to make food value chains more environmentally sustainable and resilient in Sub-Saharan Africa

  Agricultural food value chains (VCs) are gaining importance as part of broader efforts to achieve food security and improve nutrition, as well as transforming African agriculture and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With an increased focus on inputs, markets, financing, agribusiness, and agro-industry, the prospects of commercialization for smallholder farmers will likely…

Interactive: Who wins AfDB contracts, and what for?

Ever since it’s founding, the African Development Bank has worked with a broad range of partners and implementers in the pursuit of its mission. For these partners and implementers — from engineering contractors to automobile distributors; from development consultancies to non-profit research institutes — the bank’s loans, grants, and non-project financial operations, which are used…

Even Africa’s poorest countries are too expensive to be the world’s next manufacturing hub

  Even though the global economy has evolved significantly in the last few decades away from the industrial revolution—which transformed many of the world’s advanced countries—there’s still much hope tied to the idea that manufacturing will play a key transformative role in developing countries in Africa today. Yet, it may be foolish to place too…

Contribution of agricultural growth to reduction of poverty, hunger and malnutrition

The role of agricultural growth in economic growth, and poverty and hunger reduction Key message Agricultural growth is particularly effective in reducing hunger and malnutrition. Most of the extreme poor depend on agriculture and related activities for a significant part of their livelihoods. Agricultural growth involving smallholders, especially women, will be most effective in reducing…

One year into new trade deal, European commissioner urges South African firms to take fuller advantage

  The EU-Southern African Development Community Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which took more than ten years to negotiate, offers improved market access for some South African agricultural products when compared with the previous Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement. It also includes rules-of-origin flexibility for Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland. Under the arrangement, the five…

Putting the Impact in Impact Investing: 28 Funds Building A Credible, Transparent Marketplace

This week, thousands will gather in San Francisco for SOCAP17, the world’s largest gathering for the growing marketplace of impact investing. If this marketplace grows as some predict (hope?), impact investing could be one of the most important social innovations in our lifetimes, leveraging the massive power of the capital markets to a higher purpose…