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.


Learn more about APRA’s objectives and work streams »

Countries

APRA operates 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

Download the Nigeria brochure for more information on study sites and research in the country.

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

Ghana


Download the Ghana brochure for more information on study sites and research in the country.

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

Ethiopia

Ethiopia brochure

Download the Ethiopia brochure for more information on study sites and research in the country.

APRA Country Research Lead - Dawit Alemu: dawit96@gmail.com

East Africa Regional Hub/CABE - Hannington Odame: hsodame@gmail.com

Kenya

Download the Kenya brochure for more information on study sites and research in the country.

EAST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/CABE
Hannington Odame: hsodame@gmail.com

Tanzania

Download the Tanzania brochure for more information on study sites and research in the country.

East Africa Regional Hub/CABE
Hannington Odame: hsodame@gmail.com

Malawi


Download the Malawi brochure for more information on study sites and research in the country.

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

Moçambique

Download the Mozambique brochure for more information on study sites and research in the country.

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

Zimbabwe

Download the Zimbabwe brochure for more information on study sites and research in the country.

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

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NEWS

Public Seminar
August 7, 2018

Join us at the Institute of Development Studies on 3 October 2018, for a public seminar entitled The Dynamics of Agricultural Commercialisation, Diversification and Rural Change in sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers from APRA and the Afrint Project of Lund University will present findings from two complementary multi-country panel studies examining different aspects of rural change and transformation… Read more »

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Agribusiness Conference in Malawi: ‘No financing, no growth for agribusinesses and value addition’
August 1, 2018

On 16-17 July 2018, stakeholders from various sectors in Malawi assembled at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, to discuss how the financial sector can help to propel agricultural commercialisation and value addition in Malawi. The conference presented an opportunity for key stakeholders to meet face-to-face, with Gray Nyandule Phiri (Principal Secretary (PS) in the… Read more »

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APRA in Mozambique: the mechanisation debate
July 24, 2018

On 19 July 2018, Lídia Cabral (Institute of Development Studies) and Euclides Gonçalves (Kaleidoscopio, Mozambique) presented findings from the APRA policy studies on agricultural mechanisation and development corridors, respectively, at a conference on ‘Public Policies and Agribusiness’ organised by the Observatório do Meio Rural (OMR) in Maputo. The conference covered a range of current government… Read more »

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PUBLICATIONS

October 11, 2018
APRA Brief 8: The Political Economy of Agricultural Commercialisation in Zimbabwe
October 10, 2018
APRA Brief 7: Policy Processes and Political Economy: Ghana Country Review
September 20, 2018
APRA Brief 6: Agricultural Commercialisation Pathways: Climate Change and Agriculture
August 30, 2018
Working Paper 17: The Political Economy of Agricultural Commercialisation in Malawi
August 30, 2018
Working Paper 16: The Political Economy of Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa
August 29, 2018
A Longitudinal Tracker Study on Groundnut Commercialisation and Livelihood Trajectories in Malawi

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VIDEOS

Janet Edeme talks about APRA
Hannington Odame on Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
Dawit Alemu on Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
Chrispen Sukume: Introducing Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
Mirriam Matita on 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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