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Agriculture in Africa--Telling Myths from Facts : A Synthesis

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/9
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Policy Research Working Papers
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Christiaensen, Luc
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2017-02-22T23:12:44Z
dc.date.available
2017-02-22T23:12:44Z
dc.date.issued
2017-02
dc.description.abstract
Stylized facts drive research agendas and policy debates. Yet robust stylized facts are hard to come by, and when available, often outdated. In a special issue of Food Policy, 12 papers revisit conventional wisdom on African agriculture and its farmers' livelihoods using nationally representative surveys from the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture Initiative in six African countries. At times, the findings simply confirm the common understanding of the topic. But the studies also throw up several surprises, redirecting some policy debates while fine-tuning others. Overall, the project calls for more attention to checking and updating the common wisdom. This requires nationally representative data, and sufficient incentives among researchers and policy makers alike. Without well-grounded stylized facts, they can easily be profoundly misguided.
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/26146
dc.language
English
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en_US
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World Bank, Washington, DC
dc.relation.ispartofseries
Policy Research Working Paper;No. 7979
dc.rights
CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
dc.subject
agriculture
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measurement
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technology
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structural transformation
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market
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living standards
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labor market
dc.title
Agriculture in Africa--Telling Myths from Facts
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A Synthesis
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Working Paper
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2017-02-21
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Publications & Research
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Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/316281487792283005/Agriculture-in-Africa-telling-myths-from-facts-a-synthesis
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yes
okr.identifier.doi
10.1596/1813-9450-7979
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090224b084975190_2_0
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27214961
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WPS7979
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true
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en
okr.region.administrative
Africa
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Ethiopia
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Malawi
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Niger
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Nigeria
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Tanzania
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Uganda
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Sub-Saharan Africa
okr.topic
Agriculture :: Agricultural Sector Economics
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Poverty Reduction :: Development Patterns and Poverty
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Poverty Reduction :: Inequality
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Poverty Reduction :: Living Standards
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Poverty Reduction :: Rural Poverty Reduction
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Off of Sr VP Dev Econ/Chief Econ (DECVP)

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