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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Working Paper 26: Changing farm structure and agricultural commercialisation in Nigeria
Working Paper 25: Building Livelihoods: Young People and Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa: Zimbabwe Country Study
Working Paper 24: Building Livelihoods: Young People and Agricultural Commercialisation: Tanzania Country Study
Working Paper 23: Mechanised Agriculture and Medium-Scale Farmers in Northern Ghana: a Success of Market Liberalism or a Product of a Longer History?
APRA Brief 18: The political economy of agricultural growth corridors in eastern Africa
APRA Brief 17: Tractors, Markets and the State: (Dis)continuities in Africa’s Agricultural Mechanisation
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