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Are smallholder farms or medium-scale farms more productive in Nigeria?
September 2, 2021

In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), support for smallholder-led agricultural strategy has been motivated by the stylised fact that smallholder farmers are more productive. This stylised fact is known as inverse relationship (IR) between farm size and productivity, which has been widely observed in developing countries around the world. Broadly, the IR suggests that smaller farms are more productive than larger farms. However, documented evidence of IR in SSA is largely limited to farms operating 5ha or less. This blog looks to a recent study of a greater range of farm sizes in Nigeria to better understand the reality of productivity as it relates to farm size.

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APRA Nigeria training for data collection field work
December 7, 2020

The APRA Nigeria Work Stream 1 team have been busy in recent weeks, returning to the field to collect the second round of panel data for their research on the pace at which farm size distributions are changing in Nigeria. The research has a particular focus on the rise of medium-scale farms and their influence… Read more »

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

For more detailed information about our research in Nigeria, download our country brochure. 

APRA is working in Nigeria to conduct quantitative and qualitative research to:

  • Document the pace at which farm size distributions are changing in Nigeria, with particular focus on the rise of medium-scale farms and their influence on agricultural commercialisation;
  • Characterise the potentially diverse pathways by which individuals become commercialised medium-scale farmers;
  • Explore whether medium-scale farms are making small-scale farmers more productive and commercialised;
  • Examine the outcomes of various agricultural commercialisation pathways;
  • Assess the causes and consequences of changing farm size distributions.

Contact Person: Joseph Yaro | yarojoe@yahoo.com

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