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Resources, Policies, and Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Keith Fuglie and Nicholas Rada

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-145) 78 pp, February 2013

Cover image for ERR145 Although agricultural productivity remains lower in Sub-Saharan Africa than in other developing regions, it has improved in some Sub-Saharan countries. To determine why, the study examined the roles of agricultural research, policy reorganization, labor force education, the presence of armed conflict, and the spread of HIV/AIDS in enabling or constraining agricultural productivity growth.

Keywords: national agricultural research systems, technology adoption, returns to research, structural adjustment, total factor productivity (TFP), CGIAR, international agricultural research

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Errata: The appendix was revised on May 23, 2013 to correct for notational errors in equations 1, 3, 5, 6, 12, 13, and 16.

Last updated: Thursday, May 23, 2013

For more information contact: Keith Fuglie and Nicholas Rada

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