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This is a possibility, but that’s a real opportunity
March 16, 2018 / Our blog
Written by Jim Sumberg. Image: Dominic Chavez_World Bank Our IFAD and APRA-funded work on youth and the rural economy in Africa has brought into focus the notion of a “landscape of opportunity”. Our assumption is that a better understanding how rural
Mining and agriculture: diversified livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe
March 15, 2018 / Our blog
Easther Chigumira has recently published an excellent paper in The Journal of Rural Studies, Political ecology of agrarian transformation: The nexus of mining and agriculture in Sanyati District, Zimbabwe. It’s well worth a read if you can get past the pay-wall. Here

Partnerships, Platforms and Policies: Strengthening Farmer Capacity to Harness Technological innovation for agricultural Commercialisation
March 13, 2018 / Working Papers
Download paper here: Partnerships, Platforms and Policies Strengthening Farmer Capacity to Harness Technological innovation for agricultural Commercialisation
Panic, privilege and politics: South Africa’s land expropriation debate
March 9, 2018 / Our blog
South Africa’s land reform policy is a mess. A combination of incompetence, poor policy and scandal have meant that there has been little progress in years. The parliamentary High Level Panel report effectively dissects the problems. But in recent days, the land
NEW BOOK: Land reform in Zimbabwe: challenges for policy
February 7, 2018 / Our blog
Zimbabwe’s land reform continues to be controversial, but in the post-Mugabe era there is at least the prospect of sensible policies to get agriculture and rural economies moving. In the coming months there will be hordes of consultants and advisers

Ten priorities for getting agriculture moving in Zimbabwe
February 1, 2018 / Our blog
Agriculture is taking centre stage in plans for the revival of Zimbabwe’s ailing economy under the new leadership of Emmerson Mnangagwa. Getting agriculture moving in Zimbabwe is a big task. The radical land reform of 2000 has left many outstanding
Plantations, outgrowers and commercial farming in Africa: agricultural commercialisation and implications for agrarian change
January 26, 2018 / Our blog
Whether or not investments in African agriculture can generate quality employment at scale, avoid dispossessing local people of their land, promote diversified and sustainable livelihoods, and catalyse more vibrant local economies depends on what farming model is pursued. In this

Social difference and Women’s Empowerment in the context of the commercialisation of African Agriculture
January 25, 2018 / Working Papers
Written by Helen Dancer and Naomi Hossain   This paper was commissioned to support the research design activities of the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Consortium, generating new evidence on pathways to agricultural commercialisation, on the theme of social difference
Agricultural Commercialisation: Lessons from Asia and Latin America
January 25, 2018 / Working Papers
Written by Steve Wiggins   This paper aims to draw out lessons from experiences of smallholder commercialisation in Asia and Latin America that may be instructive for sub-Saharan Africa. It addresses the following questions: To what extent has agriculture in Asia
At Davos, can Zimbabwe re-engage with the global economy on its own terms?
January 23, 2018 / Our blog
As Emmerson Mnangagwa heads for the snowy slopes of Davos, Switzerland to rub shoulders with the global capitalist and political elite at the World Economic Forum, he must not forget the more radical ambitions of his background. His recent discussion over