No 163 - April-May 2013

Cash or food crops

Why choose?

The long-standing debate on cash crops versus food crops has resumed in reaction to the recent sharp rise in agricultural commodity prices, thus questioning the validity of the model based on importing cheap foods to meet peoples’ needs.

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Coastal resources

Blue economy in crisis?

Vulnerability of coastal people to climate change cannot be ignored.

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• Jahson Alemu's viewpoint

• Field report from Samoa


Claver Gatete

Financial innovation for growth

With agriculture as the backbone of its economy, Rwanda is focusing on various innovative financing mechanisms to further boost its agricultural development.

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Palm oil

Top-ranking oil crop

Private investors are increasingly involved in projects to produce palm oil - the world’s leading edible oil - in Africa.

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