Commercialisation, women’s empowerment and poverty reduction: APRA outcome indicators papers

Poulton, Colin, Chirwa, Ephraim, Sabates-Wheeler, Rachel, Saha, Amrita, Compton, Julia, Wiggins, Steve, Dancer, Helen, Hossain, Naomi and Oya, Carlos (2018) Commercialisation, women’s empowerment and poverty reduction: APRA outcome indicators papers. Other. Agricultural Policy Research in Africa Research Programme/Future Agricultures Consortium, Brighton.

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Abstract

Much of the debate about agricultural commercialisation offers simplistic, dichotomous comparisons between, for example, large and small-scale farming, or export-oriented and domestic markets. There is often an assumption that there is one ideal type of commercialisation that can be realised through investment and policy intervention. Yet in practice, there are diverse ways that different people engage with processes of agricultural commercialisation along value chains, from production to processing to marketing. This range of pathways will have both risks and benefits for different groups of people, often differentiated by gender. Our research will examine the consequences of different types of commercialisation, contrasting, for example, smallholder, contract farming and large-estate arrangements, and pathways of commercialisation, examining commercialisation over time and the outcomes for different people. A comparative research design, across six countries and between different cropping/livestock systems, will enable the APRA Programme to draw out wider recommendations that will help inform and guide investment and policy decisions around agricultural commercialisation in Africa into the future. In practical research terms, the agenda described above requires that a range of indicators are specified in relation to our five main outcome areas. This document compiles five separate papers, each one reviewing the established literature on a specific outcome area and then providing a justification for the proposed indicators to be applied in the APRA studies.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Other)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
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Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2021 07:50
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URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/101210

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