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Yacouba Sawadogo: “the man who stopped the desert”

Mr. Yacouba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso is one of this year’s winners of the Right Livelihood Award. He was selected as a laureate for his efforts to reverse desertification using an ancient farming technique known as “zai” – pits dug in hardened soil that concentrate water and nutrients, allowing trees and crops to withstand drought. ... Read more

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Policy brief: The new wave of contract farming in Ghana and the role of contract design in facilitating sustainable out grower schemes

A policy brief on the important issue of contract farming in Africa has just been published by Adu-Gyamfi Poku: The new wave of contract farming in Ghana and the role of contract design in facilitating sustainable out grower schemes. The Policy Brief highlights the role of contract design in facilitating sustainable contract farming arrangements between ... Read more

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BiomassNet – Profile of the month

Interviewer: Arthur Guischet – BiomassNet Team Interviewee: Raymond Jatta Raymond Jatta, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Accra, Ghana Dr. Raymond Jatta is an Economist who hails from the smiling coast of Africa, The Gambia.  He started off working at ActionAid International, The Gambia as Programme Coordinator, moved to the EU-Gambia Cooperation as Programme ... Read more