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.

Countries
Nigeria Ghana Ethiopia Kenya Tanzania Malawi Moçambique Zimbabwe

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

Seeing Conflict at the Margins: understanding community experiences through social research and digital narrative in Kenya and Madagascar.
May 8, 2019

This month a new website is being launched for a project called ‘Seeing Conflict at the Margins: understanding community experiences through social research and digital narrative in Kenya and Madagascar.’ Their activities and some links are introduced below – for further details, visit them at: http://seeingconflict.org They will be announcing their new website on social… Read more »

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APRA involved at the event: Towards a Pan-African Transformation: Innovative Approaches to Evidence uptake and use in Africa.
May 3, 2019

Date: 02 May 2019 – 03 May 2019 CABE Africa (https://www.cabe-africa.org/) are hosting Utafiti Sera, a policy research community of practice, via PASGR (Partnership for African Social & Governance Research). Hannigton Odame of APRA is conducting a presentation: “Charting the Path for a Youth Apprenticeship Policy: Lessons from Utafiti Sera House on Youth Employment Creation… Read more »

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EVENT – APRA Public Debate on the Character of the Agrarian Question in the Contemporary Africa
May 3, 2019

The event will take place on 14 May 2019, from 13:00-15:00 at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.

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PUBLICATIONS

March 28, 2019
Working Paper 24: Building Livelihoods: Young People and Agricultural Commercialisation: Tanzania Country Study
March 28, 2019
Working Paper 23: Mechanised Agriculture and Medium-Scale Farmers in Northern Ghana: a Success of Market Liberalism or a Product of a Longer History?
March 22, 2019
APRA Brief 18: The political economy of agricultural growth corridors in eastern Africa
March 22, 2019
APRA Brief 17: Tractors, Markets and the State: (Dis)continuities in Africa’s Agricultural Mechanisation
March 12, 2019
APRA Brief 16: A Historical Analysis of Rice Commercialisation in Ethiopia_The Case of the Fogera Plain
March 12, 2019
APRA Brief 15: Building Livelihoods: Youth and Agricultural Commercialisation in Ghana

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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)
Milu Muyanga, APRA Nigeria
Mirriam Matita, APRA Malawi

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

Future Agricultures has a diverse network of partners in Africa and worldwide, working together on research, communications and policy engagement.