Analysing the pathways to agricultural commercialisation in sub-Saharan Africa

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ABOUT APRA

Which pathways to agricultural commercialisation are the most effective in empowering women, reducing rural poverty and improving food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa?

The Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) consortium is a five-year research programme that works to respond to these issues.  Working across three work streams in six focal countries, APRA aims to generate new evidence on pathways to agricultural commercialisation.

With headquarters at the Institute of Development Studies, APRA has run from 2016 to 2021 and is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). The consortium will offer high-quality evidence and policy advice that makes a difference in crucial areas of central importance in sub-Saharan Africa.


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Countries

APRA will operate in six focal countries, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, with two additional secondary countries, Kenya and Mozambique.

Our aim is to work in sites in that provide valuable insights into pathways and different types of commercialisation.

We will work in various places of commercialisation -established and emerging sites. We will also examine different objects of commercialisation, including comparing industrial and export crops.

Select a country to learn more about our work. Deselect it to see this intro text again.

Nigeria

WEST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/UNIV OF GHANA
Joseph Yaro: yarojoe@yahoo.com

Ghana

WEST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/UNIV OF GHANA
Joseph Yaro: yarojoe@yahoo.com

Ethiopia

EAST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/CABE
Hannington Odame: hsodame@gmail.com
Beatrice Ouma: b.ouma@future-agricultures.org

Kenya

EAST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/CABE
Hannington Odame: hsodame@gmail.com
Beatrice Ouma: b.ouma@future-agricultures.org

Tanzania

EAST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/CABE
Hannington Odame: hsodame@gmail.com
Beatrice Ouma: b.ouma@future-agricultures.org

Malawi

RESEARCH DIRECTOR/UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI
Ephraim Chirwa: echirwa@yahoo.com

Moçambique

SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/PLAAS
Cyriaque Hakizimana: chakizimana@plaas.org.za
Ruth Hall: rhall@uwc.ac.za

Zimbabwe

SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/PLAAS
Cyriaque Hakizimana: chakizimana@plaas.org.za
Ruth Hall: rhall@uwc.ac.za

BROCHURE

Our new APRA brochure is now available to download.

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NEWS

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Official Launch
December 20, 2017

The Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) programme officially launched at the second Conference on Land Policy in Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday 15th November 2017. APRA is a five-year research programme aiming to analyse pathways to agricultural commercialisation and their differential impacts on empowerment of women and girls, poverty reduction, and food… Read more »

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South-South Knowledge Sharing on Agricultural Mechanization
November 2, 2017

Lidia Cabral, Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies recently presented on Brazil and South-South Cooperation at the conference on “South-South Knowledge Sharing on Agricultural Mechanization” in Ethiopia. The conference was jointly organised by IFPRI, CIMMYT and the Ethiopian Agricultural Mechanization Forum, and took place between October 31st and November 1st, 2017. Mechanisation is back on the research agenda… Read more »

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APRA at IESE in Mozambique
APRA at IESE in Mozambique
September 18, 2017

Two policy studies for APRA on (i) agricultural development corridors and (ii) agricultural mechanisation in Africa are now underway. The research teams will be in Maputo to present preliminary findings from these studies at the 5th international conference of the Mozambican Instituto de Estudos Sociais e  Económicos (IESE), in Maputo on 19-21 September. APRA will… Read more »

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PUBLICATIONS

January 25, 2018
Social difference and Women’s Empowerment in the context of the commercialisation of African Agriculture
January 25, 2018
Agricultural Commercialisation: Lessons from Asia and Latin America
December 19, 2017
What is Agricultural Commercialisation, Why is it Important, and how do we Measure it?
December 19, 2017
APRA Policy Processes and Political Economy: Tanzania Country Review
December 19, 2017
Gender and Rural Livelihoods: Agricultural Commercialisation and Farm Non-Farm Diversification
December 19, 2017
Pro-Poor Agricultural Growth – Village Dynamics and Commercialisation Pathways

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VIDEOS

Janet Edeme talks about APRA
Rachel Sabates-Wheeler: Introducing Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
Ephraim Chirwa: Introducing Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
Chrispen Sukume: Introducing Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
Mirriam Matita: Introducing Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)

CONTACT

DIRECTORATE/IDS

John Thompson, CEO: j.thompson@ids.ac.uk
Rachel Sabates-Wheeler, Research Director, UK: r.sabates-wheeler@ids.ac.uk
Oliver Burch, Programme Manager: o.burch@ids.ac.uk
Lesley White, Impact, Communications and Engagement Officer: l.white@ids.ac.uk
Amrita Saha, Post-doctoral Research Officer: a.saha@ids.ac.uk

RESEARCH DIRECTOR/UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI

Ephraim Chirwa, Research Director, Africa: echirwa@yahoo.com

EAST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/CABE

Hannington Odame, Regional Coordinator: hsodame@gmail.com

SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/PLAAS

Cyriaque Hakizimana, Regional Coordinator: chakizimana@plaas.org.za
Ruth Hall, Regional Coordinator: rhall@uwc.ac.za

WEST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/UNIV OF GHANA

Joseph Yaro,Regional Coordinator: yarojoe@yahoo.com

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Regional Hubs

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