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COMESA & AKADEMIYA2063 Sign MOU to Support Evidence-based Agri-food System Transformation
COMESA and AKADEMIYA2063 have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support evidence-based policy and program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) aimed at transforming agri-food systems in the COMESA region. Under the partnership, the two organizations will bolster their collaboration in support of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) by strengthening technical and institutional capacities of COMESA Member States for review, dialogue, M&E, and mutual learning.
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CACCI Field Notes No. 13 – Economic Impacts of Climate Change and Adaptation Options in Senegal
CACCI Field Notes are publications by AKADEMIYA2063 scientists and collaborators based on research conducted under the Comprehensive Action for Climate Change Initiative (CACCI). The series provides broad and timely access to insights and evidence from our ongoing research activities in the areas of climate adaptation and mitigation. This study assesses the impact of climate change on Senegal's economy, highlighting its repercussions on agricultural and non-agricultural value added, remuneration of factors of production, poverty, and income inequalities.
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Remembering the Rt. Hon. Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima
We are deeply saddened by the passing of the Rt. Hon. Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, following a tragic plane crash on June 10. A champion of mutual learning and economic development in Africa, Dr. Chilima was Co-Chair of the Malabo Montpellier Forum between 2017 & 2020. As an Ambassador of the Forum, he added his voice to the high-level gatherings held in Benin, Malawi, Morocco, Rwanda & Gambia, to facilitate policy dialogue between African countries & their partners. We join the people of Malawi & well-wishers across Africa & the globe to remember an energetic leader who relentlessly walked the talk of agrifood system transformation & economic growth.
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2023 Annual Report
We are delighted to present AKADEMIYA2063's 2023 Annual Report! 2023 was highly prolific, with sustained efforts in our core program areas, expansion into new agendas, and strong partnerships and outreach activities. AKADEMIYA2063 remained aligned with continental-level strategic frameworks powered by the African Union from climate to trade and the overarching Post-Malabo Agenda development process. Overall, AKADEMIYA2063 recorded 161 publications, hosted 3 flagship events, 22 policy dialogues, and over 60 side events and workshops, implemented amid solid press coverage, with over 300 media hits.
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Outcome Stories: ReSAKSS’ Support to CAADP Mutual Accountability Processes
The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) has been pivotal in operationalizing two mutual accountability processes – the CAADP Biennial Reviews and agriculture Joint Sector Reviews. ReSAKSS’ support to these critical processes has contributed to policy advancements across Africa. A program of AKADEMIYA2063, ReSAKSS provides data and knowledge products to facilitate CAADP benchmarking, review, and mutual learning processes. In particular, the program supports the operationalization of CAADP mutual accountability processes through agriculture Joint Sector Reviews (JSRs) at country and regional levels and the continental CAADP BR.
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El Niño 2024 in Southern Africa Webinar – Session II (June 11)
AKADEMIYA2063’s El Niño 2024 in Southern Africa Webinar Series delves into the key findings from our analysis of the impact of El Niño 2024 on the Southern Africa region. The series covers the effects of climate variability related to this phenomenon, focusing on the decline in staple crop production due to the El Niño-induced drought in selected countries. Join us for Session II of the Webinar Series on June 11, 1:00-2:00 PM (GMT), to discuss the findings of Brief No. 2, "Impacts of El Niño-Induced Drought in Zimbabwe.”
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AGRODEP Working Paper Series – Issue No. 1
AGRODEP Working Papers present preliminary material and research results developed by members of the AGRODEP network of economic modelers. In Working Paper No. 1, "Genre, développement agricole et réformes commerciales au Niger," the author considers a dynamic computable general equilibrium model in which workers are differentiated by sex to analyze the impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Niger. The results show that reducing customs tariffs would increase gender disparities among unskilled households, which could then call into question efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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El Niño 2024 in Southern Africa Series – Zimbabwe
The Southern Africa region has been experiencing strong El Niño weather effects since 2023. Characterized by above-average temperatures and below-normal rainfall, these effects are expected to continue until mid-2024. Climate variability related to this phenomenon is considered one of the strongest drivers that impact agricultural production in Southern Africa. Brief No. 2 of AKADEMIYA2063’s El Niño 2024 in Southern Africa Series focuses on several spatial aspects of the impacts of the El Niño-induced drought on community vulnerability in Zimbabwe and sheds light on hotspot areas that require priority intervention.
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El Niño 2024 in Southern Africa Webinar – Session I (May 28)
AKADEMIYA2063’s El Niño 2024 in Southern Africa Webinar Series will delve into the key findings from our analysis of the impact of El Niño 2024 on the Southern Africa region. The series will cover the effects of climate variability related to this phenomenon, focusing on the decline in staple crop production due to the El Niño-induced drought in selected countries. Join us for Session I of the Webinar Series on May 28, 1:00-2:00 PM (GMT), to discuss the findings of Brief No. 1, "Impacts of El Niño-Induced Drought in Malawi."
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El Niño 2024 in Southern Africa Series – New Release!
The Southern Africa region has been experiencing strong El Niño weather effects since 2023. Characterized by above-average temperatures and below-normal rainfall, these effects are expected to continue till mid-2024. Climate variability related to this phenomenon is considered one of the strongest drivers that impact agricultural production in Southern Africa. Brief #1 focuses on several spatial aspects of the impacts of the El Niño-induced drought on community vulnerability in Malawi and sheds light on hotspot areas that require priority intervention.
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AGRODEP SPS Training Workshop
AKADEMIYA2063, in partnership with AUC-DARBE, USDA-FAS,  and Mississippi State University, is organizing a workshop to train and build the capacity of AGRODEP SPS Network members as well as SPS competent authorities and practitioners working on SPS issues in Africa. The goal is to help advance Africa’s SPS policy agenda, promote policy, scientific exchange, and collaboration on SPS matters on the continent, and support the greater use of Good Regulatory Practices (GRPs). The training workshop will be held in support of the AU 2024 Year of Education. It will take place on May 16-17 in Gaborone, Botswana, following the AU SPS Coordination Forum.
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Working Paper Series – Feasibility, Scalability & Ex-ante Impacts of Small-scale Irrigation Technologies in Niger
Working Paper #11 finds that strategies for scaling up small-scale irrigation development are critical to reversing declining or stagnant agricultural productivity and enhancing economic growth. The paper discusses the state of small-scale irrigation in Niger and the methodology used for estimating water availability, priority crops, feasibility, and scalability of irrigation technologies. It presents the results of the analysis of irrigation potential and the impacts of four irrigation technologies tested in Niger.
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Working Paper Series – Feasibility, Scalability & Ex-ante Impacts of Small-scale Irrigation Technologies in Burkina Faso
In Working Paper #10, the authors propose a roadmap for the development of small-scale irrigation (SSI) in line with existing frameworks at continental and regional levels. The research indicates that the expansion of SSI leads to a reallocation of factors in the economy with a substantial increase in irrigated crop production. Furthermore, the adoption of motorized irrigation and treadle pump systems could allow farmers to grow crops during the dry season.
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Working Paper Series – Building Community Resilience for Food Security in a Shock-Prone Country
In Working Paper #9, the authors outline a general framework for resilience and resilience measurement, assess initial baseline data collected from South Sudan, and build a novel quantitative and qualitative methodology for measuring community resilience in countries burdened by shocks and weak institutions. Often overlooked in resilience-building programs, the quality of local governance is a major driver of community-level resilience. Higher quality community governance is associated with higher resilience capacity for households in the community.
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AKADEMIYA2063 Working Paper Series – Building Community Resilience for Food Security in a Shock-Prone Country
In Working Paper #9, the authors outline a general framework for resilience and resilience measurement, assess initial baseline data collected from South Sudan, and build a novel quantitative and qualitative methodology for measuring community resilience in countries burdened by shocks and weak institutions. Often overlooked in resilience-building programs, the quality of local governance is a major driver of community-level resilience. Higher quality community governance is associated with higher resilience capacity for households in the community.
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133 AAgWa Crop Production Forecasts to Date!
The crop production forecast brief series by AKADEMIYA2063’s Africa Agriculture Watch (AAgWa) aims to provide more accurate and timely data on harvest and yields for ten major crops across nearly 50 African countries. The data published in the briefs are generated through the Africa Crop Production (AfCP) model, an AI-based model applied to remotely sensed geo-biophysical data to produce estimates at pixel as well as administrative levels as early as the beginning of every growing season. Check out our latest predictions on Beans, Maize, Millet, and Rice for 6 African countries.
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Examining Land Surface Temperature Dynamics in Freetown, Sierra Leone, amid the Climate Crisis
CACCI Field Notes are publications by AKADEMIYA2063 scientists & collaborators based on research conducted under the Comprehensive Action for Climate Change Initiative (CACCI). CACCI strives to help accelerate the implementation of NDCs & NAPs by meeting the needs for data & analytics & supporting institutional & coordination capacities. Tracking temperature anomalies in cities is crucial in the context of climate change & climate variability. In Issue #12, AKADEMIYA2063 researchers examine land surface temperature (LST) anomalies in Freetown & its surrounding region & identify areas with the most prominent temperature divergences from a 10-year average.
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CACCI Field Notes No. 10: Exploring Methane Concentration Dynamics above Senegalese Croplands
CACCI Field Notes are publications by AKADEMIYA2063 scientists & collaborators based on research conducted under the Comprehensive Action for Climate Change Initiative (CACCI). CACCI strives to help accelerate the implementation of NDCs & NAPs by meeting the needs for data & analytics & supporting institutional & coordination capacities. AKADEMIYA2063’s work under the CACCI project provides technical expertise to strengthen national, regional & continental capacity for climate action. Issue 10 examines the dynamics of methane concentration above croplands in Senegal during the growing season. The assessment can allow Senegal to design effective mitigation strategies & targeted interventions.
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Comprehensive Action for Climate Change Initiative (CACCI) Knowledge Seminar
AKADEMIYA2063 and the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) will host the CACCI Knowledge Seminar at AKADEMIYA2063's Headquarters in Kigali on March 27. Held under the framework of the Comprehensive Action for Climate Change Initiative (CACCI), the session will present and discuss the CACCI analysis made for Rwanda related to climate risk, vulnerability, country status assessment, impact of climate change, mitigation, and adaptation pathways.
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JUST RELEASED — Malabo Montpellier Panel Youth in Agrifood Systems Report
The 13th Malabo Montpellier Panel report – YOUTH AHEAD: Policy Innovations to Create Opportunities for Young People in Africa’s Agrifood Systems – reviews the challenges limiting young people’s engagement in agrifood systems and demonstrates opportunities to empower Africa’s youth in agrifood systems. The report summarizes key findings from case studies conducted in four systematically selected countries: Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, focusing on these countries’ policy innovations and programmatic interventions to target youth in transforming their food systems.
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AKADEMIYA2063 Knowledge Products

AKADEMIYA2063 is an Africa-based non-profit research organization with headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda and a regional office in Dakar, Senegal. Its mission is to provide data, policy analysis, and capacity-strengthening support to enable African countries to achieve the African Union’s Agenda 2063 goals of inclusive and sustainable development and economic prosperity. AKADEMIYA2063 conducts strategic analysis to address emerging and time-sensitive topics and to fill knowledge gaps on priority issues faced by Africa. Our research findings, AKADEMIYA2063 Knowledge Products, are published in flagship reports and other research publications to support evidence-based decision-making toward accelerating Africa’s broader development goals.

AKADEMIYA2063 ON THE UKRAINE CRISIS

Exposure and Vulnerability to Global Fertilizer Trade and Market...

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Nigeria is a major fertilizer producer in Africa. However, it still relies on the global market to meet its...
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Global Wheat Trade and Market Disruptions: Income and Food Security Effects for Nigeria

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The Russia-Ukraine conflict has introduced severe disruptions into international grain trade as the two ...
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Exposure of African Economies to Global Commodity Trade and ...

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The economic impacts of the global market disruptions brought on by the Russia-Ukraine...
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Wheat Production Outlook in Morocco amid the Ukraine Crisis

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Global grain supply chains have been disrupted by the Russia-Ukraine war, raising the threat of food insecurity ...
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AKADEMIYA2063's RESOURCES ON COVID-19

Mapping community vulnerability to identify potential major hot spots

Workstream 1

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted lives across the globe in just a few months. And yet, there are no...

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Tracking food staples price changes and their impact on food and nutrition security

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The pandemic is likely to be more disruptive to local food markets and thus have more serious effects on the...

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Food production systems disruption and effects on communities and the national economy

Workstream 3

From effects on access to seeds and fertilizers, limited movement of goods, declining demand, to labor...

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Global trade disruption and the effects on economic growth and livelihoods

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The pandemic has not left a single region of the world untouched. Its disruptive effects have equally reached...

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Mission and Vision

AKADEMIYA2063’s overall mission is to create, across Africa and led from Rwanda, state-of-the art technical capacities to support the efforts by the Member States of the African Union to achieve the key goals of the agenda 2063 of transforming national economies to boost growth and prosperity.

Our History

AKADEMIYA2063 was established to continue and expand the portfolio of policy research and capacity-strengthening support for the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which was initiated and previously incubated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This portfolio has included three main programs: the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS), the African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium, and the Malabo Montpellier Panel (MaMo Panel).