Analysing the pathways to agricultural commercialisation in sub-Saharan Africa
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.
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.
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Public SeminarAugust 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 »Read more »
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 »Read more »
APRA in Mozambique: the mechanisation debateJuly 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 »Read more »
APRA Brief 8: The Political Economy of Agricultural Commercialisation in Zimbabwe
APRA Brief 7: Policy Processes and Political Economy: Ghana Country Review
APRA Brief 6: Agricultural Commercialisation Pathways: Climate Change and Agriculture
Working Paper 17: The Political Economy of Agricultural Commercialisation in Malawi
Working Paper 16: The Political Economy of Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa
A Longitudinal Tracker Study on Groundnut Commercialisation and Livelihood Trajectories in Malawi
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