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Research Report

Agricultural Policy Priorities for Improving Rural Livelihoods in Southern Africa

Chiedza Muchopa
Victor Manyong
Lindiwe Sibanda
Copyright Date: Oct. 1, 2004
Pages: 33

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  1. (pp. i-i)
  2. (pp. ii-ii)
  3. (pp. iii-iii)
  4. (pp. iv-iv)
  5. (pp. v-v)
  6. (pp. vi-vi)
  7. (pp. vii-vii)
  8. (pp. viii-viii)
  9. (pp. 1-5)

    Agriculture has long been recognized as a source of livelihood for the African poor rural households as well as the engine for economic growth. The ability of households to exchange/move surpluses from regions of comparative advantage to regions with less potential within a country or across national borders is an important ingredient towards the growth of agriculture and improvement of rural livelihoods. Moving agricultural products and services among countries requires conducive policies that stimulate and facilitate trade. The objective of harmonizing policies in the SADC region is important and is not at all new in the regional. There has been...

  10. (pp. 6-16)

    The development domains represent geo-referenced regions that offer similar opportunities for investments and development in agriculture. The concept of development domains is being applied in Nigeria to guide some of the donors in their investments into agriculture (Manyong et al. 2004). Development domains are defined by overlaying maps of single features, which represent criteria hypothesized to drive the productivity and competitiveness of the agricultural sector. For Southern Africa, five criteria were chosen to form the basis for the definition of development domains: access to markets, topography, rural population density, presence of protected areas, and rainfall.

    Access to markets creates potentials...

  11. (pp. 17-18)

    The overall goal of these studies was to come up with recommendations that would assist in designing agricultural policy strategies that contribute to unlocking constraints to rural economy diversification in the agricultural sectors of the study countries.

    The results show that there is a huge heterogeneity in the potentials for development of the study countries. The differences and similarities identified through the development domains represent an entry point to guide investments for a diversified rural economy and trade among SADC countries. The GIS analysis would assist the targeting of identified priority commodities. In general the GIS results supported the identified...

  12. (pp. 19-19)
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