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Impact analysis of interventions in feed the future countries in Africa

Impact analysis of interventions in feed the future countries in Africa JADEE Guest editorial 9,1 The papers in this issue examine the impact of a variety of Feed the Future efforts in North Africa. The first paper (Nagarajan, Naseem and Pray) examines the impact of maize development policies in Kenya. Maize yields in Kenya have been stagnant since the 1980s. While a variety of issues from macroeconomic considerations to shifts in the importance of trade liberalization has been identified, a large portion of the stagnation can be attributed to the slow adoption of new varieties. Nagarajan, Naseem and Pray examine the extent to which the slow adoption of new varieties of maize can be attributed to changes in government policy. They find that past R&D efforts have made marginal contributions to increase the yield. In fact, the largest impact appears to be the introduction of plant breeder rights. Based on these findings, they suggest that the R&D efforts in Kenya be directed to the adoption of new varieties that target the replacement of old varieties. In particular, the focus should be on traits that manage biotic and abiotic stresses. Franklin and Oehmke develop a model of trust in building agribusiness channels in Africa. The “hold-up” models found in Oliver Williamson’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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2044-0839
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10.1108/JADEE-09-2018-0128
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JADEE Guest editorial 9,1 The papers in this issue examine the impact of a variety of Feed the Future efforts in North Africa. The first paper (Nagarajan, Naseem and Pray) examines the impact of maize development policies in Kenya. Maize yields in Kenya have been stagnant since the 1980s. While a variety of issues from macroeconomic considerations to shifts in the importance of trade liberalization has been identified, a large portion of the stagnation can be attributed to the slow adoption of new varieties. Nagarajan, Naseem and Pray examine the extent to which the slow adoption of new varieties of maize can be attributed to changes in government policy. They find that past R&D efforts have made marginal contributions to increase the yield. In fact, the largest impact appears to be the introduction of plant breeder rights. Based on these findings, they suggest that the R&D efforts in Kenya be directed to the adoption of new varieties that target the replacement of old varieties. In particular, the focus should be on traits that manage biotic and abiotic stresses. Franklin and Oehmke develop a model of trust in building agribusiness channels in Africa. The “hold-up” models found in Oliver Williamson’s

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Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging EconomiesEmerald Publishing

Published: May 14, 2019

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