Spatial price transmission under different policy regimes: A caseof maize markets in Kenya

Kenya, like most countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa region, has continued to be
overwhelmed by high and volatile food prices. In an effort to mitigate this problem, the government has implemented various trade and marketing policy instruments. The aim of this study is to examine whether the policies implemented have achieved their desired effects.

Barriers to trade in Sub-Saharan Africa food markets

This continent-wide review of studies on price transmission implemented for the global, regional cross-border, within-country urban and within-country rural market segments provides a broad overview of current conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa food markets and provides insights into how market development varies across regions and crops.

Do data envelopment and stochastic frontier analyses produce similar efficiency estimates? The case of Ghanaian maize production

This study applied stochastic frontier analysis (SFA) and data envelopment analysis (DEA) to
examine the technical efficiency of maize production in northern Ghana using cross-sectional data from 360 maize farmers for the 2011/2012 cropping season.

Can agro-processing lead re-industrialisation in Sub-Saharan Africa? A two-stage approach to productivity analysis

This analysis sits against the backdrop of unsuccessful attempts to reindustrialise Africa. Zambia must diversify from copper dependency to agriculture and the agro-processing sectors, and the question is whether there is enough capacity to deliver jobs or growth.

Gaps in the implementation of the e-voucher system in Zambia: Implications for strategies to make the model efficient and effective

The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) has reformed the implementation of the Farmer
Input Support Programme (FISP). The objective of FISP is to increase competitiveness in the
agricultural sector among all key players (input suppliers, agro-dealers, banks, etc.), while improving
farmers’ welfare.

The impacts of community-based cash management tools on smallholder rural farmers’ access to livelihood assets

Smallholder rural farmers are exposed to diverse idiosyncratic and covariate shocks that lead to high income and consumption volatility. Formal cash management tools, which are important for managing risk and volatility, often break down due to high information asymmetries and the transaction costs of operating in rural areas.