African Agriculture and the World Bank

The Nordic Africa Institute library staff has compiled this web dossier to coincide with the increased interest in the topic of African agriculture and the World Bank.

Literature in the library

Use the quick link below to locate titles dealing with topics of interest in the library catalogue, AfricaLit. The lists consist of literature - books and articles - in the form of fiction, non-fiction/factual information and official publications, as well as of other material.

Useful keywords

The library suggests the following keywords when searching the library catalogue: Agriculture, Agricultural economics, Rural development, Sustainable agriculture, Farming, Smallholders, Land tenure, Commodity markets, Food supply, Poverty alleviation, Development strategy, World Bank

Web links

This is a selection of websites dealing with African agriculture and the World Bank. Many more items are available online on websites and in discussion forums. More links are found in the link collection A Guide to Africa on the Internet, which are related to this topic.

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

AGRA is a dynamic, African-led partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.


ETC Group - Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration

ETC Group is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.


GRAIN is an international non-governmental organisation, which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge.

Green Africa Foundation

A Kenyan organization founded in 2000 to support ecological and environmental conservation with a particular focus in arid and semi arid lands of Kenya where poverty is most prevalent.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

IIED is an international policy research institute and non governmental body working for more sustainable and equitable global development.

The World Bank : Africa

Country specific information, data and statistics, information about development topics, regional initiatives and projects and programs for Africa south of the Sahara.

Selected online articles and reports

"African agriculture and tje World Bank : Development or impoverishment?" by Atakile Beyene, researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, published in News from the Nordic Africa Institute 2007:3.

"Property rights formalisation in Africa" by Tor A. Bejaminsen and Espen Sjaastad in News from the Nordic Africa Institute 2007:3.

"The relationship between inequality and climate change" by Kjell Havnevik in News from the Nordic Africa Institute 2007:3.

African Agriculture and the World Bank : Development or Impoverishment?
Agricultural economics
Commodity markets
Development strategy
Food supply
Kjell Havnevik
Land tenure
Poverty alleviation
Rural development
Sustainable agriculture
World Bank
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