International Development

Boosting Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in Africa: A Case Study of Ghana

On September 7, 2017, The Wilson Center Africa Program hosted Mr. Francis Abebrese, an Economic and Research Analyst at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and a Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar with the Africa Program and Dr. Tewodaj Mogues, Senior Research Fellow for the Development Strategy and Governance Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to discuss agricultural productivity and public financing for agriculture in Africa, focusing on Ghana as a case study.

Saving for a Rainless Day: Microfinancing for Resilience

“The sooner you save, the better off you’ll be in life, wherever you live, at whatever age you start,” said Sophie Romana, director of community finance at Oxfam America: “Saving is the key.” Microsavings groups—informal community-based financial pools--can help vulnerable communities build resilience, said representatives from support organizations CARE International, Oxfam America, and the Grameen Foundation  at a Wilson Center event on June 29, 2017.

Observing Earth: Using Satellite Data for International Development

“Interest in earth observation—and in particular, the value to what we do in development internationally—has never been higher,” said Jenny Frankel-Reed, adaptation team lead at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Frankel-Reed spoke at the Wilson Center’s recent panel discussion of the earth observation data program known as SERVIR, which included insights from USAID’s soon-to-be-released evaluation of the program.

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