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Is Fertilizer a Public or Private Good in Africa? An Opinion Piece

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

by Christina H. Gladwin, Alan Randall, Andrew Schmitz, and G. Edward Schuh Traditionally, fertilizer has been treated by economists as a private, not public, good [1]. Soil scientist Pedro Sanchez and researchers… Read More

Gender-Sensitive LP Models in Soil Fertility Research for Smallholder Farmers: Reaching De Jure Female Headed Households in Zimbabwe

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

by Maxwell Mudhara, Peter. E. Hildebrand, and Christina. H. Gladwin Introduction Zimbabwe faces a challenge in meeting food requirements of its 12 million people. The population is growing at three percent… Read More

Gender Analysis of a Nationwide Cropping System Trial Survey in Malawi

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

by Robert A. Gilbert, Webster D. Sakala, and Todd D. Benson Abstract The majority of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are female, yet women often have limited access to extension information… Read More

Vouchers versus Grants of Inputs: Evidence from Malawi’s Starter Pack Program

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

by Amy E. Gough, Christina H. Gladwin, and Peter E. Hildebrand Abstract The majority of Malawi’s smallholders use low purchased-input technologies and as a result, produce low yields; 40 to 60… Read More

The Effect of Cash Cropping, Credit, and Household Composition on Household Food Security in Southern Malawi

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

by Andrea S. Anderson Abstract Diversifying household activiies is essential to household food security in Southern Malawi.  Farms are extremely small; many farms are less than half a hectare.  With… Read More

Gender, Household Composition, and Adoption of Soil Fertility Technologies: A Study of Women Rice Farmers in Southern Senegal

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

by Amy J. Sullivan Introduction If as claimed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations women grow up to eighty percent of the food produced in Africa,… Read More

Diminishing Choices: Gender, Small Bags of Fertilizer, and Household Food Security Decisions in Malawi

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

by Robert P. Uttaro Abstract This paper examines two decisions farmers in southern Malawi make every planting season: whether or not to acquire increasingly expensive chemical fertilizers and whether or… Read More

Gender and Soil Fertility in Uganda: A Comparison of Soil Fertility Indicators for Women and Men’s Agricultural Plots

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

by Peter Nkedi-Kizza, Jacob Aniku, Kafui Awuma, and Christina H. Gladwin Abstract The removal of subsidy under the structural adjustment programs of the World Bank has increased the cost of fertilizers… Read More

The Experience of Resettled Farmers in Zimbabwe

Published: Mar 13th, 2014

by Sophia Chiremba and William Masters Abstract This study assesses the relative productivity of smallholder farmers in zimbabwe’s land reform and resettlement programme.  We use a panel of survey data… Read More

Comparative Assessment of Indigenous Methods of Sweet Potato Preservation among Smallholder Farmers: Case of Grass, Ash and Soil based Approaches in Zimbabwe

Published: Feb 28th, 2014

by Edward Mutandwa and Christopher Tafara Gadzirayi Abstract Lack of suitable storage facilities among smallholder farmers continues to expose farmers to intermittent food shocks. Farmers are thus making use of… Read More