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.

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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

APRA Annual Review Workshop 2018
January 11, 2019

From 3–6 December 2018, APRA staff met in Accra, Ghana for the annual APRA review workshop. With the broad scope of the APRA programme – comprising studies being undertaken across six African countries within three work streams – the annual review workshop provides a critical opportunity for APRA researchers to come together to share the… Read more »

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Journal of Peasant Studies 2019 Summer Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism: Call for Application
January 9, 2019

Call for Application The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), and Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) are jointly organizing a new initiative: JPS Annual Summer Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism for PhD students and young researchers (up to 5 years from PhD completion)… Read more »

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The First National Rice Promotion Event: Is rice getting more attention in Ethiopia?
January 9, 2019

Ethiopia’s first National Rice Promotion Event was held on 21 December 2018 in Addis Ababa, to examine the current status of rice research and development in Ethiopia, and to identify key issues that demand interventions. Specifically, the event – and the future annual events – take three primary focuses: (i) to deliberate on prevailing policy… Read more »

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PUBLICATIONS

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
March 11, 2019
Working Paper 22: Tractors in Africa: Looking Behind the Technical Fix
March 11, 2019
Working Paper 21: Tractors and Agrarian Transformation in Zimbabwe: Insights from Mvurwi
March 11, 2019
Working Paper 20: Building Livelihoods: Young People and Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa: Ghana Country Study
March 11, 2019
Working Paper 19: Zinc Roof of Mango Tree? Tractors, Modernisation and Agrarian Transformation in Mozambique

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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.