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Smallholder Data Collection: Challenges for Agribusinesses in Africa

By Peter O'Flynn
17 Sep 2018
In this blog, Peter O’Flynn discusses recent evidence on the barriers and incentives for collecting data on smallholders working with agribusiness, and summarises the key findings from case studies of smallholder supply chains in Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi.

This is the cover for Zimbabwe's Land Reform: Myths and Realities

Open for business: what does investment look like on the ground?

By Ian Scoones
17 Sep 2018
As Zimbabwe dreams of investments, state efforts will be energised to seek them out. However there are lessons to be learned from eastern Africa as this blog post highlights.

Oxfam Governance Program Officer facilitating good governance discussion among CSOs, parliamentarians and government officials at regional level. Credit: Oxfam.

Trust and democratic change – reflections from Myanmar

By Araddhya Mehtta
10 Sep 2018
What lessons can be learnt from a governance programme in Ayeyarwady, Myanmar? Araddhya Mehta, Director of Advocacy and Communications at Oxfam in Myanmar. reflects on the complexity of building trust in a changing political context.


Is CRISPR the next big thing in international development?

By Patrick Schröder
07 Sep 2018
The gene editing technology CRISPR/cas9 has been creating a buzz in the biotech science world over the last few years and could, potentially, become a game changer for international development.

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Some exciting progress on Governance Diaries

04 Sep 2018
Duncan Green reflects on how the "Portfolios of the Poor" approach has been adapted into Governance Diaries, and why this works well when doing research with people living in fragile and conflict-affected areas

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IFAD and FAO commit to pastoral development

By Michele Nori, Linda Pappagallo
04 Sep 2018
In recent years the UN and other international agencies have placed pastoralism at the centre of their development agendas. Michele Nori and Linda Pappagallo talk about the recent IFAD and FAO commitment to pastoral development.

The China–Africa Relationship: Scope, Scale and Speed

By Jing Gu, Richard Carey
04 Sep 2018
With population set to double from 1.3bn today to 2.6bn by 2050, scaling and speeding up Africa’s infrastructure development across a wide frontier is critical to economic growth and sustainable development.

This is the cover for Zimbabwe's Land Reform: Myths and Realities

Medium-scale farms in Africa: history lessons from Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
03 Sep 2018
Ian Scoones reviews a new paper on 'medium-scale’ farms and their potential as drivers of future agricultural growth in Africa.
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Elections in tight civic space

By Naomi Hossain
06 Aug 2018
Commentary on democracy, development and the elections in Pakistan, Cambodia, and Zimbabwe.

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Recipes for success?

By Dominic Glover
06 Aug 2018
Agricultural research and extension should find different means to engage with different ‘users’, in ways that are sensitive and attuned to the capabilities of individual farmers and communities. Dom Glover looks for the recipes for success in this blog post.

KENYA Nakuru. Houses burn as electricity wires spark and shortcut after clashes between the Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities in the residential area of Nakuru. Ethnic violence sparked last December following protests against disputed election results, after suspected vote rigging by Kikuyu President Mwai Kibaki.

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Using digital media for real-time violence monitoring and response

By Roudabeh Kishi, Patricia Justino, Gauthier Marchais
01 Aug 2018
New research highlights the potential opportunities, and practical limitations, of using digital technology to promote peace, monitor violence, and support early warning and crisis response.

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