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

An Interview with APRA Nigeria Researcher, Thomas Jayne
November 5, 2018

In a recent interview for SciDev.net, APRA Nigeria researcher Thomas Jayne discusses the state of agricultural commercialisation in Africa, with specific reference to emerging technological innovations. “There’s a lot more capital moving into agriculture than there used to be,” Jayne explains, citing the considerable amount of capital being fed into the country’s agricultural sector from… Read more »

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Policy and Advocacy Forum: Empowerment of Women in Agriculture
October 30, 2018

On 6 September 2018, APRA Malawi team member Loveness Msofi Mgalamadzi attended the ‘Policy and Advocacy Forum: Empowerment of Women in Agriculture’, held in Lilongwe, Malawi. This one-day meeting was organized by the Civil Society Agricultural Network (CISANET), with support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and BADEA. The forum attracted various stakeholders working… Read more »

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APRA Nigeria Stakeholder Meeting, Abuja
October 19, 2018

On 11 September, APRA Nigeria researchers met with a number of stakeholders at Yar’Adua Centre in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Stakeholders from all sectors relevant to the APRA research programme were represented, including 15 State Ministry officials, 9 industry group representatives and 6 Michigan State University (MSU)-APRA community leaders/medium-scale farmers. The meeting was convened to spread… Read more »

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PUBLICATIONS

November 5, 2018
APRA Brief 11: The Political Economy of Agricultural Commercialisation in Ethiopia: Discourses, Actors and Structural Impediments
November 1, 2018
APRA Brief 9: Partnerships, Platforms and Policies: Strengthening Farmer Capacity to Harness Technological Innovation for Agricultural Commercialisation
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

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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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