This handbook examines agricultural and rural development in Africa from theoretical, empirical and policy stand points. It discusses the challenges of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and assesses how poverty and other development concerns can be addressed in rural communities through agricultural transformation. Additionally, the handbook extends the Post-2015 Development Agenda and it emphasizes the importance of the agricultural sector as it is closely related to the issues of food sustainability, poverty reduction, and employment creation. The contributors suggest multiple evidence-based policies to develop the rural areas through the transformation of the agricultural sector which can significantly benefit the African continent.
Evans S. Osabuohien is Professor of Economics, Chair of the Centre for Economic Policy & Development Research (CEPDeR) at Covenant University, Nigeria, and Alexander von Humboldt Visiting Professor, Faculty of Management and Economics at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.
SECTION ONEGeneral and Background Issues
Chapter 1 Domesticating the SDGs in Africa for Rural and Agricultural Development: The Case of Devolved Governance
Chapter 2 Youth Employment Challenge and Rural Transformation in Africa
Chapter 3 Impact of Remittances on Agricultural Labour Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa
Chapter 4 Electricity Access and Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Panel Data
Chapter 5 Beyond the Farmgate: Can Social Capital Help Smallholders to Overcome Constraints in the Agricultural Value Chain in Africa?
SECTION TWOHouseholds' Livelihood and Welfare Issues
Chapter 6 Large-scale Land Investments and Households' Livelihood in Nigeria: Empirical Insights from Quantitative Analysis
Chapter 7 Agricultural Productivity and Households' Welfare in Uganda: Examining the Relevance of Agricultural Improvement Interventions
Chapter 8 Pattern of Labor Use and Productivity among Agricultural Households in Nigeria
Chapter 9 Challenges in Tackling Poverty and Unemployment: Analysis of (YEAP) in Alkaleri, Duguri and Gar Rural Communities of Bauchi State, Nigeria
SECTION THREEAccess to Resources, Transformation and Productivity Interactions
Chapter 10 Determinants of the Willingness to Pay for Public Sector Health Care Services: An Empirical Study of Rural and Urban Communities in Nigeria
Chapter 11 Increasing Agricultural Income and Access to Financial Services through Mobile Technology in Africa: Evidence from Malawi
Chapter 12 Identifying the gap between the demand and supply of agricultural finance among irrigation farmers in Namibia
Chapter 13 Access to Land and Agricultural Production: Analysis of 'Priority Crops' in Ogun State, Nigeria
Chapter 14 Rural Transformation through Savings and Credit Cooperatives Societies in Moshi District, Tanzania
SECTION FOUR Employment, Migration and Transformation Nexus
Chapter 15 Rural-Urban Labour Migration and Youth Employment: Investigating the Relevance of Nigeria's Agricultural Sector in Employment Generation
Chapter 16 Fostering Rural Development and Social Inclusion in East Africa: Interrogating the Role of Cooperatives
Chapter 17 Impact of Non-agricultural Activities on Farmers' Income: Evidence from the Senegalese Groundnut Area
Chapter 18 Youth Unemployment and Large-Scale Agricultural Land Investments: Examining the Relevance of Indigenous Institutions and Local Capacity in Tanzania
Chapter 19 Local Politics of Land Acquisitions for Foreign and Domestic Investments in Tanzania
Chapter 20 Agricultural Policy and Food Security in Nigeria: A Rational Choice Analysis
SECTION FIVEProcessing, Value Chain and Food Security
Chapter 21 Socio-Cultural Factors and Performance of Small-Scale Enterprise in Agro-Allied Manufacturing Firms in Nigeria
Chapter 22 Labour Processes in Large Scale Land Investments in Sugar Estates in South-Eastern Zimbabwe
Chapter 23 Poverty Reduction, Sustainable Agricultural Development and the Cassava Value Chain in Nigeria
Chapter 24 Micro- Determinants of Women Participation in Agricultural Value Chain: Evidences from Rural Households in Nigeria
Chapter 25 Job Creation and Social Conditions of Labour in the Forestry Agro-Industry in Mozambique
Chapter 26 Boosting Non-Oil Export Revenue in Nigeria through Non-Traditional Agricultural Export Commodities: How Feasible?