The third and final APRA e-Dialogue: Transition pathways and strategies for supporting more equitable and resilient food systems in Africa

Starting in October 2021 and running through 2022, the e-Dialogue series on agricultural commercialisation, agrarian change and rural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa has examined a range of topics including the emerging challenges and regional realities of smallholder transformation and COVID-19’s effects on food systems and rural livelihoods. Now, in the third and final event of this series, we turn our attention to transition pathways and strategies for supporting more equitable and resilient food systems in Africa. This last e-Dialogue, to be held on Wednesday 23 March 2022, will seek to move the focus of food system transformations from ‘what needs to happen’ to ‘how to make it happen’ to support more equitable and inclusive forms of food system transformation.

APRA researchers, with support of the UK Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Officer (FCDO)/UKAid, have been examining differential processes of agricultural commercialisation and agrarian change in a wide array of countries across sub-Saharan Africa since 2016. Drawing insights from APRA’s work and other complementary research, this e-Dialogue will assess the options, scenarios and strategies for creating more equitable and inclusive forms of agricultural commercialisation and rural transformation, with a focus on the specific challenges faced by different types of farmers, farm workers and processors, given their scale of operation, gender, age, assets geographic location or market context.

Drawing on a wide range of perspectives, disciplines and approaches, we will examine pathways for bringing greater equity and inclusivity to how food is produced and consumed. Foresight thinking will be used to explore the impact of differing scenarios of food systems transformation in a variety of contexts worldwide. The event will highlight key findings and policy lessons for national and regional policy and development investments.

What to expect

The dialogue will begin with a set of short presentations and expert commentaries, including:

  • Oil palm commercialisation, changing gender relations, and agricultural transformation in Ghana
  • Gender and social differentiation in the context of Malawi’s groundnut commercialisation
  • Rice and sunflower commercialisation and differential pathways for livelihood improvement: A Tanzania case study
  • Politics, power and social differentiation in African agricultural value chains
  • Policies and strategies to support inclusive agricultural commercialisation and food system transformation

These will be followed by a round table discussion on key implications for policy and practice with audience questions, and finally, closing reflections from participants.

Don’t miss out! Register, here.