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.

In order to achieve its objectives, the programme will work in sites that examine diverse pathways of commercialisation (influenced by the relationship to markets and scales of operation) and linked to different types of commercialisation (e.g. estates, medium-scale commercial farming, contract farming and smallholder commercialisation).