Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department

International Relations

Reader 1

William Ascher

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Sub-Saharan Africa consistently ranks as one of the most food insecure regions in in the world. Given the intrinsic and instrumental value of food security, this thesis attempts to ascertain the determinants of effective policy targeting food security and the reduction of malnutrition. Through a regression analysis, a foundation for comparing the performance of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa is created. This thesis then draws upon the experiences of a total of four countries—Zambia, the Central African Republic, the Republic of the Gambia, and Benin—in order to inform policy recommendations that may be salient to Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole. These recommendations include formalizing land rights using decentralized approaches, improving the accessibility of agricultural inputs, investing in rural transportation infrastructure, diversifying smallholder crop production, and promoting primary level education.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.