Agricultural productivity growth increases the incomes of farmers and lowers food prices, benefiting both the rural and urban poor who spend much of their incomes on food. The labour-using green revolution reduced poverty in land scarce, labour abundant Asia, but has not had sustained impacts in SSA, where scarce factor is often labour. Now, herbicide tolerant, genetically modified (GM) white maize, is being adopted by resource-poor smallholders in KwaZulu Natal.
The project aims to re-think conventional assumptions and offer new insights into the determinants of urban violence, including in particular identifying context-specific circumstances under which everyday urban conflict becomes violent.
Living in rural Africa has long been synonymous with being poor and water insecure - but rapid growth in mobile handset ownership and mobile network coverage could resolve one of its oldest problems: safe and reliable water access.
Aiming to improve the understanding of the impact of deaths of working-age adults; examine demographic changes and poverty dynamics; and assess the social policy interventions designed to mitigate the impact of the AIDS epidemic.
The rate of sectoral transformation from rural agrarian to urbanised mining economies requires time for policymakers to appreciate the developmental processes underway. This study focuses on economic, social and cultural changes associated with rapid and/or erratic rates of urban growth by mining expansion in Angola, Ghana and Tanzania.
Examining whether and how Africans, particularly the poorest and least politically enfranchised, use new communication technologies to voice their opinion and to engage in a public debate on interactive broadcast media.
This study aims to explore how schools in Africa can help HIV-affected children cope with disease and poverty, developing a model of the 'HIV competent school' as a resource for education professionals and policy makers.
There is continued and growing demand for high quality evidence of the impact of development activities. This project, in collaboration with three NGOs, aims to have impact on methodological debates.
Examining the politics of welfare programmes in Africa, i.e. what ‘works’ politically and why, and analysing the political conditions and factors that either favour or impede the implementation of social assistance programmes.
Results from this research changed education policy and practice, particularly in Ghana; and transport policy and practice, shown through the inclusion of children in the Tanzania Draft National Transport Policy Framework.