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Are medium-scale farms driving agricultural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa?

T. S. Jayne,  Milu Muyanga, Ayala Wineman, Hosaena Ghebru, Caleb Stevens, Mercedes Stickler, Antony Chapoto, Ward Anseeuw, Divan van der Westhuizen, David Nyang Abstract This study presents evidence of profound farm-level transformation in parts of sub- Saharan Africa, identifies major sources of dynamism in the sector, and proposes an updated typology of farms that reflects…Read More

Making History

USAID supports first land auction in Tajikistan By Krystyna Solarana, Communications Specialist, USAID’s Tajikistan Country Office In a brightly-lit room in southwest Tajikistan in late September, 30 men and women gathered to bid on land use rights in the country’s first-ever public land auction. Transferring land use rights from the state to private individuals, in…Read More

The First Land Auction in Tajikistan

USAID helps Tajikistan reach a key milestone on its journey to self-reliance. The first land auction on the leasing of agricultural lands emphasizes the importance of the new procedures for transparent and easy access to lands. Over the past 28 years, the Government of Tajikistan’s land reform efforts have made tangible progress; however, up to…Read More

Synthesis Report II: The Changing Face of African Farmland in an Era of Rural Transformation

Executive Summary  Mounting evidence suggests that sub-Saharan Africa has undergone profound rural transformation since the early 2000s, though progress has been highly uneven across countries. Conventional views of African agriculture are in many respects becoming obsolete. Our review highlights the evidence of farm-level transformation in the region, identifies the key sources of dynamism in the…Read More

What’s in a Game? Helping Improve Livelihoods – and an Ecosystem – with a Game

This blog was originally published on ClimateLinks.  In Ghana, a changing climate is affecting the production of cocoa, one of the country’s major cash crops and its second leading foreign exchange earner. USAID and Winrock International worked together to produce ECO Game: Northern Ghana to provide communities with a better sense of land use planning and…Read More

Increasing Women’s Property Ownership and Land Rights in Kosovo

Overcoming cultural barriers to increase women’s land and property rights To address traditional concepts of property and inheritance, USAID, in close collaboration with the Government of Kosovo, civil society, schools, and media, developed and carried out a far-reaching social and behavioral-change communications campaign to shift societal attitudes toward acceptance of women to inherit and own…Read More