Author Archives: Liz Wilson

Agriculture for Impact: changes to our team

Dear colleagues and friends, I wanted to let you know about some forthcoming changes to our team in the coming months. I will be going on maternity leave from 8th March 2013.  Agriculture for Impact will announce the name of the … Continue reading

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Food staples as a target for nutritional improvement: can the hard-to-reach smallholder farmers benefit?

Access to food staples as a target for nutritional improvement was the focus of one of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) Annual General Assembly breakout sessions on 31st January. Howarth Bouis from HarvestPlus introduced and led the … Continue reading

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Getting GAFSP to reach the parts that other programmes do not reach

The World Café sessions of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Annual General Assembly on 30th January were a unique opportunity to discuss some hot topics in the donor community. Yurie Tanimichi Hoberg from the World Bank led a … Continue reading

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Tackling the food security nexus: achieving more with less

By Gordon Conway and Liz Wilson: This piece was originally published on the Guardian Sustainable Business blog on 22 January. We are faced with three daunting and urgent global challenges: repeated food price spikes, nearly a billion people who are chronically hungry, and … Continue reading

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Can agriculture achieve growth with poverty reduction in Africa?

In a new briefing paper Strategies and Priorities for African Agriculture: Economywide Perspectives from Country Studies  published on the 9th January, Xinshen Diao, James Thurlow, Samuel Benin, and Shenggen Fan of IFPRI recommend some key priorities and principles for achieving … Continue reading

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EU aid budget: it ain’t (just) about the money

It is pantomime season in the UK, where British citizens go to the theatre to cheer their heroes, boo their villains, and laugh at bad jokes. But – as I discovered in the margins of A4I events in Brussels earlier … Continue reading

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AGRF 2012: Youth in agriculture. The next generation of agro-entrepreneurs?

How can we engage the next generation in the agri-food sector? This was the question at the heart of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) side event at the Alliance for a Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) on the 26th September. … Continue reading

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Bringing agriculture to market: learning from Madina

What are the critical challenges we must address to feed the world? How can we overcome them? There are some of the questions that Gordon Conway, Director of Agriculture for Impact, answers in his forthcoming book ‘One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?’, … Continue reading

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Transforming Africa: perspectives from West Africa

On 13th July, Dr K.Y. Amoako, Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) opened the final of three regional workshops, organised co-hosted by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and Agriculture for Impact (A4I) … Continue reading

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Getting on with the job: connecting smallholders to markets in eastern Africa

Over 30 agricultural development practitioners from four eastern African countries participated in a ‘Smallholder Café’ in Nairobi on the 11th July. The event was the second of three regional workshops, organised by Future Agricultures Consortium, and co-hosted by the Food, … Continue reading

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