Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa - GISAMA. [ 2008 - 2012 ]

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Project end date: September 30, 2012

Overview

This project was based on a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Michigan State University’s Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. Through GISAMA MSU partnered with a number of African organizations, including the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the University of Malawi, University of Zambia, Tegemeo Institute of Egerton University/Kenya, the University of Pretoria, and the Permanent Committee for Interstate Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). The focus countries of the GISAMA Project include Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, and Zambia.

Objectives

This project’s four overall objectives (view more details):

  •  Identify strategic opportunities and investment potential and identify the conditions, pathways, and strategies by which food markets and food marketing investments can directly and indirectly raise the incomes of smallholder households in Africa, with particular emphasis on the poor;
  • Assess the potential impact of specific types of public interventions;
  • Disseminate findings and promote public discussion, through collaborative research and outreach events with key regional policy institutions; and
  • Build capacity through direct collaboration between MSU and local analysts in carrying out analysis and outreach activities.

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