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

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Project end date: September 30, 2012

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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.

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.

Selected Project Outreach

Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Markets in Africa (GISAMA): A Brief Overview. 2011.  By Duncan Boughton, Abdoul Murekezi, Valerie Kelly, Nango Dembele and Thomas Jayne. Presentation for a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation convening on strengthening farmer organizations. Bamako, Mali. 20-21 March.

Emerging Land Issues in African Agriculture and their Implications for Rural Development Strategies. Background and Motivation. 2013. by T. S. Jayne.  Presentations at the joint MSU-IFPRI workshop on Emerging Land Issues in Africa: Implications for Structural Transformation Processes, IFPRI Headquarters, Washington, DC, April 12.

How Does Population Density Affect Agricultural Intensification and Household Well-being in Africa? Insights from 5 countries. 2013.  by Rui Benfica, Jordan Chamberlin, Derek Headey, Thom Jayne, Anna Josephson, David Mather, Milu Muyanga, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert. Presentations at the joint MSU-IFPRI workshop on Emerging Land Issues in Africa: Implications for Structural Transformation Processes, IFPRI Headquarters, Washington, DC, April 12.

The Rising Class of Emergent Farmers:  An Effective Model for Achieving Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa?  2013.  By Nicholas Sitko and T.S. Jayne. Presentations at the joint MSU-IFPRI workshop on Emerging Land Issues in Africa: Implications for Structural Transformation Processes, IFPRI Headquarters, Washington, DC, April 12.

How big is the pie and who gets a slice? Reassessing the potential for agricultural expansion in sub-Saharan Africa. 2013.  By Jordan Chamberlin, T S Jayne, and Liang You.  Presentations at the joint MSU-IFPRI workshop on Emerging Land Issues in Africa: Implications for Structural Transformation Processes, IFPRI Headquarters, Washington, DC, April 12.

Smallholder Behavioral Responses to Grain Marketing Board Activities in Dual Channel Marketing Systems: Overcoming Modeling Challenges & Evidence from Zambia & Kenya. 2012. Nicole M. Mason, David Mather, and T.S. Jayne. Presentation at the mini-symposium on “The Microeconomic Effects of Grain Marketing Boards on Farm Households in sub-Saharan Africa: Modeling Challenges, Empirical Evidence, and Implications for Research & Policy”, International Association of Agricultural Economists Triennial Conference. Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, 22 August.

Measuring Price Transmission in Maize Grain Markets: The case of South Africa and Mozambique. 2010. By Lulama Ndibongo Traub, Robert J. Myers, T.S. Jayne and Ferdinand Meyer. Presentation prepared for the 2010 AAAE/AEASA Conference September 19 – 23, Grand Westin Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. Awarded 1st Place among Contributed Papers.

How Can the Poorest Smallholder Farmers Benefit More From Staple Food Markets? 2010. By Duncan Boughton, David Mather, Nango Dembele, T.S. Jayne and Abdoul Murekezi.  Grantee visit to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by Michigan State University’s Food Security Group: August 10-11.

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