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Agriculture and Rural Development

How can Malawi emerge stronger and more resilient after two years of drought?

Richard Record's picture
Almost two years ago I was given the opportunity to move to Malawi as the World Bank’s senior country economist. It was a chance that I jumped at, having previously worked in Lilongwe for three years in the Malawi Government before joining the Bank.

Pourquoi la Banque mondiale soutient la Côte d’Ivoire ?

Pierre Laporte's picture
Also available in: English

5 milliards de dollars USD (soit 2500 milliards F CFA),  sur les 15,4 milliards promis par la communauté internationale le 17 Mai 2016 à Paris à l’issue de la première journée du Groupe Consultatif sur la Côte d’ivoire. Telle est la somme que le Groupe de la Banque mondiale (IDA, IFC, MIGA) va engager pour financer le  second Plan National de Développement (PND)  ivoirien couvrant la période  2016-2020.  Il s’agit du double de la somme engagée au cours de la période précédente (2012-2016), preuve, s’il en faut, que la Banque mondiale est plus que jamais déterminée à accompagner le pays sur la voie de l’émergence.  Ce nouveau cadre de partenariat entre notre institution et la Côte d’Ivoire marque un tournant important.

Why is the World Bank providing support to Côte d’Ivoire?

Pierre Laporte's picture
Also available in: Français

Of the total US$15.4 billion pledged by the international community at the end of the first day of the meeting of the Consultative Group on Côte d’Ivoire held on May 17, 2016 in Paris, the World Bank Group (IDA, IFC, MIGA) will commit the sum of US$5 billion (CFAF 2500 billion) to finance Côte d’Ivoire’s Second National Development Plan (NDP) covering the period 2016-2020.  This amount is double the sum allocated during the previous period (2012-2016), proof—if any were needed—that the World Bank is more than ever committed to helping Côte d’Ivoire achieve emerging country status. This new country partnership framework between the World Bank Group and Côte d’Ivoire is an important milestone.  

La nécessaire transformation du secteur bancaire et financier en Afrique

Caroline Kende-Robb's picture
Also available in: English

L’Afrique est à la croisée des chemins. La croissance économique s’est consolidée sur la majeure partie du continent et, dans de nombreux pays, les exportations sont en pleine expansion, les investissements étrangers en hausse et l’aide extérieure moins nécessaire. Les réformes de gouvernance transforment le paysage politique. La démocratie, la transparence et la responsabilisation des pouvoirs publics progressent, donnant aux habitants de la région un plus grand poids dans les décisions qui touchent leur quotidien.

Shaking up Finance and Banking in Africa

Caroline Kende-Robb's picture
Also available in: Français

Africa stands at a crossroads. Economic growth has taken root across much of the region. In many countries, exports are booming, foreign investment is on the rise and dependence on aid is declining. Governance reforms are transforming the political landscape. Democracy, transparency and accountability have improved, giving Africa’s citizens a greater voice in decisions that affect their lives.

Challenges for African Agriculture

Jean-Claude Devèze's picture
Also available in: Français

Challenges for African Agriculture was first published in 2008 in French by Karthala, and then in English by the World Bank in 2011 as part of the Africa Development Forum Series, in partnership with Agence Francaise de Developpement. The book deals with the challenges facing Sub-Saharan agriculture.
Since the work appeared, the rural development challenges analyzed at length in the book, whether demographic, economic, environmental, social, cultural or political, seem even more difficult to contend with. Many Sub-Saharan countries, the Sahel in particular, have yet to begin their demographic transition. The agricultural economy, still largely dominated by small family farms, is hindered in achieving its full potential by the lack of interest demonstrated by weak public authorities and scattered aid agencies.

Is muscle or machine the future of agriculture in Africa?

Ethel Sennhauser's picture

© A’Melody Lee, World Bank Group

Most of Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) economies are dominated by the agriculture sector. On average, agriculture accounts for 32% of gross domestic product and employs 65% of the labor force. In some countries, it contributes over 80% of trade in value and more than 50% of raw materials to industries.

Africa’s Hidden Underemployment Sink

Ellen McCullough's picture

Labor productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa has been garnering attention recently. Development economists focus on labor productivity because it tends to be strongly associated with overall well-being measures, especially for the poor, who are reliably endowed with time, but often little else in the way of productive assets.
Cross-sector gaps in labor productivity are key indicators of structural change, which is the economy-wide process by which labor shifts from low-productivity industries such as agriculture, to those that are higher-productivity, such as industry and services. This process underpins development and is premised on large cross-sector gaps in productivity. Economists expect these gaps to be quite large in the poorest countries, and to get smaller as labor shifts out of agriculture. Recent evidence suggests these forces are indeed at work in Sub-Saharan Africa.