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April 30, 2014

Food Security Group



Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


Michigan State University


Since our last quarterly update, these items have been added to our web site:

Policy Syntheses

·        Number 91. Africa's Changing Farm Structure and Employment Challenge. T.S. Jayne, A. Chapoto, N. Sitko, M. Muyanga, C. Nkonde and J. Chamberlin. Number 91. April 2014.

Myanmar: Improving Food Security Research and Analysis Capacity

Policy Presentations

·        Prospects for Agricultural Value Chains in Myanmar. Thomas Reardon. Talk for “A Dialogue for Enhancing the Competitiveness of Agribusiness in Myanmar” Organized by: UMFCCI, USAID, & IFC. UMFCCI Office, Yangon. March 21, 2014. Audio version.

Mozambique Policy Analysis and Planning Capacity

Project Overview

·        Annual Narrative Reports : 2012/13


·        Tipologia dos Produtores de Hortícolas que Abastecem o Mercado de Maputo. Jennifer Cairns, David Tschirley & Isabel Sitoe Cachomba. Novembro 2013. Nº70P.

·        Typology of Horticultural Producers Supplying Maputo. Jennifer Cairns, David Tschirley & Isabel Cachomba. November 2013. Nº70E.

·        Percepção de risco e comportamento no uso dos pesticidas pelos produtores de hortícolas de Maputo. Isabel Sitoe Cachomba, Jennifer Cairns, David Tschirley & Jason Snyder. Outubro de 2013. Nº69P.

·        Risk Perception and Behavior in Pesticide Use by the Horticultural Producers of Maputo. Isabel Sitoe Cachomba, Jennifer Cairns, David Tschirley & Jason Snyder. October 2013. Nº69E.

Research Reports, IIAM

·        Rentabilidade da produção de arroz com utilização de um pacote tecnológico melhorado, no regadio de Chókwè, província de Gaza. João André Mudema, Graça Manjate. Relatório Preliminar de Pesquisa No. 9P. Março, 2014.

Theses Reprints

·        Gungulo, Ana Lidia. Expanding pulse production in Mozambique: identifying constraints and new strategies. MS Thesis. 2013.

·        Lawson, Ty M. Impacto de Programas de Alimentação Escolar Nos Objectivos de Desenvolvimento Educacional, Nutricional e Agrícola: Uma Revisão Sistemática da Literatura. Mestre em Economia Agrária, Alimentar e de Recursos Naturais. Tese Plano B. 2012.

Mali Food Security Initiative: Phase II.1


Research carried out under PROMISAM II served as the basis for the following theses in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University:

·        Lazarus, Brenda. 2013. A Study of Household Income Determinants and Income Inequality in the Tominian and Koutiala Zones of Mali.

·        Coulibaly, Jacob. 2013. Strengths and Weaknesses of Alternative Models of Linking Smallholders to Downstream Value Added Activities in Mali: A Literature Review.

·        Allen, James Edward IV. 2012. Determinants of Land Allocation in a Multi-crop Farming System: An Application of the Fractional Multinomial Logit Model to Agricultural Households in Mali.

·        Adjao, Ramziath. 2011. Analysis of the Competitiveness of the Rice Subsector in Mali: The Case of Gravitational Irrigation and Bas-fonds Production Systems. Master’s thesis.

·        Diallo, Amadou. 2011. An Analysis of the Recent Evolution of Mali’s Maize Subsector. Plan B Master’s Paper.

·        Diallo, Marthe. 2009. Analysis of the Constraints to the Development of a Domestic Improved Seed Potato Industry in Mali. Plan B Master’s Paper.

·        Perakis, Sonja. 2009. Improving the Quality of Women’s Gold in Mali, West Africa: The Case of Shea. Plan B Master’s Paper.

Project Progress Reports

·        Final Technical Report, covering the period December 2008 – September 2012

Mali Food Security Initiative: Phase II.2

Component 2: Monitoring the Food Security Situation/Vulnerability Analysis

·        Training workshop on Gender to SAP regional supervisors. Bamako. October 10-11, 2013.

o   Workshop documents

§  Terms of reference

§  Workshop program

§  PowerPoint Presentation

§  Workshop report

§  Training Report

Component 4: Study of the Recent Evolution of the Market for Malian Cattle, Sheep and Goat Exports

·        Final Reports:

o   Synthesis Report: Effets des récents chocs sur l’évolution des exportations du bétail malien : synthèse des études nationales, by Makan MAKADJI

o   National Report—Mali : Etude sur les effets des différentes crises sur les exportations du bétail malien de 2000 à 2012 by Salifou B. DIARRA, Pierre TRAORE and Cyr Salomon MAIGA

o   National Report—Côte d’Ivoire : Evolution des exportations du bétail malien suite aux récentes crises—Côte d’Ivoire by KOUABLE BI Bah Noël and TRE BI Tré Christian Omer

o   National Report—Senegal : Evolution des exportations de bétail malien au Sénégal suite aux récentes crises by Moussa NIANG and Moussa MBAYE

Project Progress Reports

·        Final Technical Report, covering the period Sept. 1, 2012 – Nov. 30, 2013


Research Reports

·        Poverty Reduction Potential of Increasing Smallholder Access to Land. Munguzwe Hichaambwa and T. S. Jayne. IAPRI Working Paper No. 83. March 2014.

·        What Explains Minimal Usage of Minimum Tillage Practices in Zambia? Evidence from District-Representative Data. Hambulo Ngoma, Brian P. Mulenga, and T.S. Jayne. IAPRI Working Paper No. 82. March 2014.

Policy Syntheses

·        What Explains Minimal Usage of Minimum Tillage Practices in Zambia? Evidence from District-representative Data. Hambulo Ngoma, Brian P. Mulenga, and T.S. Jayne. No. 65. April, 2014.

·        Conservation Farming Adoption among Smallholder Cotton Farmers in Zambia, 2002 to 2011. Stephen Kabwe, Philip P. Grabowski, Steven Haggblade, and Gelson Tembo. No. 64. March, 2014.

·        Does Land Titling Increase Smallholder Agricultural Productivity in Zambia? Munguzwe Hichaambwa, Nicholas Sitko, and Jordan Chamberlin. No. 63. February, 2014.


·        Utilization of Animal Draft Power in Zambia: Drivers & Effects on Household Income and Commercialization. Mary Lubungu, Nicole M. Mason, and Rhoda Mukuka-Mofya. GSO Brown Bag Seminar Series. Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University. 16 April 2014.

·        Smallholder Access to Land in Zambia Emerging Research Findings & Implications for Rural Development. M. Hichaambwa, J. Chamberlin & IAPRI team. Presented at the "Policy Forum on Operationalising the Year of Agriculture with Evidence" organized by IAPRI in Lusaka, Zambia. 11 April 2014.

·        High-Level Parliamentarian Event in Siavonga, Zambia. March 7, 2014.

o   Review of the effects of FRA on Zambia’s maize market: High prices despite bumper harvests. Auckland Kuteya and Nicholas Sitko.

o   Farm Size and Poverty Reduction among Smallholders in Zambia. M. Hichaambwa, T. S. Jayne and N. J. Sitko.

o   Political Economy of Input and Commodity Market Policies in Zambia. Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka and Chance Kabaghe.

o   Did the removal of consumer subsidies in 2013 lead to higher mealie-meal prices? Kuteya, A., Chisanga, B., Sitko, N.J. & the IAPRI Team.

·        How Do Land Titles Affect Ag. Productivity in Zambia. Nicholas J Sitko. Agricultural Cooperating Partners Meeting. February 25, 2014.

·        Zambia’s Ag Sector: Opportunities and Challenges. Nicholas J Sitko. Breakfast Meeting with SIDA. February 13, 2014.

·        Agricultural Policy and Food Prices in Zambia. Nicholas Sitko. Presented at DFID. February 12, 2014.

FSRP Professional Publications

·        Ngoma, H., P.B. Mulenga, and T.S. Jayne. What Explains Minimal Usage of Minimum Tillage Practices in Zambia? Evidence from District-Representative Data. Book of Condensed Papers Of the First Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture. Lusaka, Zambia. 18-21 March, 2014.

·        Mulenga, Brian P., Robert B. Richardson, Gelson Tembo and Lawrence Mapemba. (2013). Rural household participation in markets for non-timber forest products in Zambia. Environment and Development Economics. FirstView Article. pp 1-18.

·        Chabala, Lydia Mumbi, Elias Kuntashula, Peter Kaluba. 2013. Characterization of Temporal Changes in Rainfall, Temperature, Flooding Hazard and Dry Spells over Zambia. Universal Journal of Agricultural Research 1(4): 134-144, 2013

Media Coverage

·        Maize marketing should be left to private sector. Abel Mboozi. The Post. 19 February 2014.

·        Technical Compendium of Agriculture Statistics. Zambia Economist. 8 February 2014.

Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa: GISAIA

Communications and Outreach

·        How do fertilizer subsidy programs affect total fertilizer use in sub-Saharan Africa? Crowding out, diversion, & benefit/cost assessments. Nicole M. Mason on behalf of coauthors T.S. Jayne, David Mather, and Jacob Ricker-Gilbert. Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) conference on Economic Development in Africa. St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. Oxford, UK. March 24, 2014.

·        World Bank Land and Poverty Conference. Washington, DC. March 26, 2014.

o   Under the Radar Screen: The Rapid Rise of Emergent Farmers in Africa. Milu Muyanga, T.S. Jayne, Antony Chapoto, Nicholas Sitko.

o   Is the Scramble for Land foreclosing a Smallholder Agricultural Expansion strategy? T.S. Jayne, Antony Chapoto, Nicholas Sitko, Milu Muyanga, Chewe Nkonde and Jordan Chamberlin.

·        Kenya Fertilizer Policy “Success Story”: 1990 to 2008. T.S. Jayne and Joshua Ariga. CAADP / African Union Partnership Platform Meeting. Durban, South Africa. 19 March 2014.

·        Changing Farm Structure and demographics in east/Southern Africa: implications for farmland investment. T.S. Jayne, Lulama Ndibongo Traub, and Ferdi Meyer. Joint Agribusiness Department of Agriculture Forum for Africa (JADAFA). Pretoria, South Africa. 14 March, 2014.

Press Reports

·        Foreign investors often blamed for Africa land grabs conducted by local ruling elites. Kayode Ogunbunmi. Thomson Reuters Foundation. 27 Mar 2014.

·        Agricultural policies ‘not friendly’ to small farmers. Arthur Okwemba. Daily Nation. March 29, 2014.

·        Small Farmers Demand Land, Infrastructure And Information, Not Subsidies. Armsfree Ajanaku. The Guardaian. 16 February 2014.

Improving the Inclusiveness of Agricultural Value Chains in West Africa:

The Role of Market Segmentation and Emerging Sub-Channels

Cross-Country Final Synthesis Report

·        Etude comparative sur l’inclusion des groupes vulnérables dans les chaînes de valeur agricoles en Afrique de l’Ouest. Steven Haggblade, Boubacar Diallo, John Staatz, Veronique Thériault et Abdramane Traoré. février 2014.

o   Comparative report

o   Comparative policy brief

Country-level Value Chain Case Studies



·        Promotion d’une chaîne de valeur inclusive: perspectives et potentialités du manioc au Benin. Steven Haggblade, Abdramane Traoré, Bio Goura Soulé, Faridath Aboudou, Sanni Gansari, Moubarakatou Tassou et Joël D. Yallou. janvier 2014.

o   Report

o   Policy Brief



·        L’inclusion des pauvres, des jeunes et des femmes dans la chaîne de valeur riz : Le cas de la Guinée. Véronique Thériault et Boubacar Barry. Janvier 2014.



Mali Horticulture

  • Promotion d’une chaîne de valeur inclusive: perspectives et potentialités des produits horticoles au Mali.Steven Haggblade, Abdramane Traoré, Lamissa Diakité, Zéinabou Dramé et Moumouni Sidibé . février 2014.

o   Report

o   Policy Brief

Mali Rice

  • Promotion d’une chaîne de valeur inclusive: Perspectives pour le riz au Mali. Boubacar Diallo (MSU), Salifou Diarra (OMA), Pierre Traoré (OMA), Francis Keïta (OMA). janvier 2014.

o   Report

o   Policy Brief

Professional Publications

·        Muyanga, Milu and T.S. Jayne. 2014.  Effects of rising rural population density on smallholder agriculture in Kenya. Food Policy, 47.

·        Theriault, V. and Serra, R. (2014). Institutional Environment and Technical Efficiency: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis of Cotton Producers in West Africa. Journal of Agricultural Economics.

·        Reardon, T., K.Z. Chen, B. Minten, L. Adriano, T.A. Dao, J. Wang, and S. Das Gupta. 2014. The quiet revolution in Asia’s rice value chains, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, April. DOI: 10.1111/nyas.12391

·        Burke, William and T.S. Jayne. 2014. Smallholder land ownership in Kenya: distribution between households and through time. Agricultural Economics, 45: 185-198. March 2014.

·        Sitko, Nicholas J., T.S. Jayne. Exploitative Briefcase Businessmen, Parasites, and Other Myths and Legends: Assembly Traders and the Performance of Maize Markets in Eastern and Southern Africa. World Development. Volume 54, February 2014, Pages 56–67.

·        Mathenge, Mary K., Melinda Smale, John Olwande. The impacts of hybrid maize seed on the welfare of farming households in Kenya. Food Policy. Volume 44, February 2014, Pages 262–271.

Survey Research Training Materials

·        Self-Tutorial Sample session for Windows-Cross Sectional Analysis. Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University.

o   SPSS 22 (2014). English