Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)

APRA logoWhat are the pathways to agricultural commercialisation that are most effective in empowering women and girls, reducing rural poverty and improving food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a new research programme that aims to produce new information and insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa.

The programme will assess their impacts and outcomes on rural poverty, empowerment of women and girls and food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Youth and agricultural commercialisation – where it’s hot and where it’s not

Greater agricultural commercialisation, through engagement with value chains, is seen by many as the only viable way forward for small-scale farmers in Africa. In this view, increased commercialisation has the potential to deliver significant income and livelihoods benefits to rural people, including young people. Indeed thinking along these lines underpins the recently launched, DFID-funded Agricultural Policy Research for Africa (APRA) programme.

But how is commercialisation supposed to change rural young people’s opportunity space?

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APRA in the news: Ghana Stakeholders brainstorm over new project

APRA is a five-year research programme that will focus on different pathways to agriculture commercialisation in sub-Saharan Africa. Based at IDS the project also has regional hubs in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

Recent discussions amongst the Ghana hub and stakeholders in the agriculture sector have been captured in the Ghanaian media, Joy Online, marking the importance of the early stages of the project and possible impacts APRA will have on agricultural policy in the country.

The consortium will analyse the impacts and outcomes of pathways to agricultural commercialisation on rural poverty, empowerment of women and girls and food and nutrition security and will concentrate on Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

The full article can be read at: Joy Online

More information on APRA can be found on the APRA pages 

Research themes

The APRA Consortium is focusing on five key outcomes of commercialisation including empowerment of women and girls; income and consumption poverty; inequality; employment rates and conditions; and food and nutrition security – across three complementary Work Streams.

Work Stream 1 is examining the outcomes of different types of commercialisation and analysing people’s selection choices and their outcomes,

Work Stream 2 is exploring longitudinal change over time and identifying different pathways of agricultural commercialisation and their outcomes.

Work Stream 3 is analysing key policy issues associated with changing patterns of agricultural commercialisation through six focused, multi-country, policy studies.

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Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) has four interlinked objectives:

  • generating high-quality evidence on pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa, using a rigorous mix of quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • undertaking policy research on agricultural commercialisation to fill key evidence gaps and define policy options;
  • ensuring the sharing and uptake of research by a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • strengthening the capacity of the research team, and associated partner institutions, to deliver high-quality research and advice.

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