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Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Abebe Shimeles
  • Audrey Verdier-Chouchane
  • Amadou Boly


  • Promotes knowledge management as an important driver of policy dialogue, good policy planning and implementation

  • Fosters dialogue that promotes the exchange of ideas and innovative thinking among researchers, development practitioners and African policymakers

  • Encourages and enhances research on economic and policy issues related to the development of African economies

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Abebe Shimeles, Audrey Verdier-Chouchane, Amadou Boly
    Pages 1-12 Open Access
  3. Improving Agricultural Productivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Christelle Tchamou Meughoyi
      Pages 15-32 Open Access
    3. A. M. Rufai, K. K. Salman, M. B. Salawu
      Pages 55-79 Open Access
    4. O. E. Ayinde, T. Abdoulaye, G. A. Olaoye, A. O. Oloyede
      Pages 81-95 Open Access
    5. Lauretta S. Kemeze, Akwasi Mensah-Bonsu, Irene S. Egyir, D. P. K. Amegashie, Jean Hugues Nlom
      Pages 97-119 Open Access
  4. Addressing Climate Change Challenges

  5. Promoting Agro-Industrialization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Namalguebzanga Christian Kafando
      Pages 209-239 Open Access
    3. Anani Nourredine Mensah, Abdul-Fahd Fofana
      Pages 257-283 Open Access
    4. Abebe Shimeles, Audrey Verdier-Chouchane, Amadou Boly
      Pages 285-293 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-302

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license

What are the challenges and action points for agricultural sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa? This collection of papers offers technical analyses, policy recommendations and an overview of success stories to date. Each carefully selected paper provides valuable insights for improved policy making and defines relevant strategic priorities on Africa’s sustainable transformation process, which is in line with the international development agenda. Although agriculture remains the main source of income for Africa’s population, the sector is rain-fed subjecting it to the vagaries of weather and climate change. This volume demonstrates the rationale of developing a competitive, inclusive and sustainable agribusiness sector for Africa’s food security and structural transformation.

From the impact of Bioenergy crop adoption and Drought Index Insurance to Agro-Industrialization, this volume is important reading for individual researchers, academic associations and professional bodies interested in African agricultural development.


Sustainable agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa Agricultural economics Climate change economics Agricultural productivity Modern technology adoption by farmers Agricultural sustainability Bioenergy Crop Adoption Agro-Industrialization Agriculture sector development Environmental Efficiency Global Value Chains Regional value chains African economic development African agricultural transformation Open Access Labour productivity Drought Index Insurance Supplemental irrigation Special Economic Zones ECOWAS countries

Editors and affiliations

  • Abebe Shimeles
    • 1
  • Audrey Verdier-Chouchane
    • 2
  • Amadou Boly
    • 3
  1. 1.African Development Bank GroupAbidjanCôte d'Ivoire
  2. 2.African Development BankAbidjanCôte d'Ivoire
  3. 3.African Development Bank GroupAbidjanCôte d'Ivoire

About the editors

Abebe Shimeles is Acting Director of the Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research Department at the African Development Bank. Previously, Shimeles has worked for The World Bank, UNECA, ACTIONAID and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, in different capacities. His recent research interests include labour market integration, migration issues in Africa and impact evaluation of policy interventions. He holds a PhD in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Sweden, an MSc from Delhi School of Economics, India, and a BSc in Economics from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Audrey Verdier-Chouchane is Chief Research Economist at the African Development Bank. Prior to joining the African Development Bank, Verdier-Chouchane taught Macroeconomics and Development Economics at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, from where she holds a PhD in Economics. She has mainly published on the analysis and measurement of poverty and inequalities with a special focus on gender disparity and labor market issues for the youth.

Amadou Boly is Principal Research Economist at the African Development Bank. His research interests are in development and experimental economics, and his articles have been published in leading international journals. Previously, Boly worked for UNU-WIDER (2014-2015, Finland); and UNIDO (2009-2014, Austria), mainly in technical assistance and global forum activities related to industrial statistics and industrial policy. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Montreal, Canada, an MSc in International Business from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and a BSc in Economics and Management from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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