Agriculture in Africa – Telling Facts from Myths

The Agriculture in Africa – Telling Facts from Myths project was initiated by the Chief Economist’s Office of the World Bank Africa Region in partnership with the African Development Bank, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Cornell University, the Food and Agriculture Organization, London School of Economics, Maastricht School of Management, University of Pretoria, University of Rome Tor Vergata, University of Trento, and Yale University. The initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other donor agencies. 

Agriculture in Africa – Telling Facts from Myths uses gender disaggregated, geo-referenced data collected under the Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) to update the current understanding of farming in Africa.


Agriculture in Africa: Telling Myths from Facts

Stylized facts set agendas and shape debates. In rapidly changing and data scarce environments, they also risk being ill-informed, outdated and misleading. So, following higher food prices since the...

Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths

Governments, donors, and the private sector are again investing billions of dollars in Africa’s agriculture. A thorough bottom-up update is needed to guide these investments, establish baselines, and...
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