Raising agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa

c. Claudia Ringler/IFPRI

c. Claudia Ringler/IFPRI


ed. Steve Wiggins

In October 2014, DEGRP and ODI gathered together researchers from the fields of economics, sociology and geography to speak at a panel event exploring how to raise agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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This report brings together discussion highlights from the event, incorporating both researcher viewpoints and topics addressed in the audience Q&A. It also provides contextual information on past and existing challenges to increased agricultural productivity, ending with post-event reflection in the form of a commentary from economist Professor Michael Lipton of University of Sussex.

Speakers included:

Ruth Meinzen-Dick - Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt - Associate Professor, Lund University
Chris Udry - Professor of Economics, Yale University
Doug Gollin - Professor of Development Economics, Oxford University