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FAC Policy Brief 86
by Cyriaque Hakizimana in 2016

Young people are a growing proportion of Africa’s population and most live in poverty in rural areas. Despite urbanisation, in absolute numbers the rural youth are growing and agricultural development needs to prioritise opportunities for them to create land-based livelihoods. Private...

FAC Policy Brief 85
by Paul Goldsmith in 2016

This study investigated the impacts of three models of commercial agriculture on economic development and rural livelihoods in an area dominated by small-scale producers. The research in general points to a relationship between the value of production under the different models and the...

FAC Policy Brief 84
by Cyriaque Hakizimana in 2016

The study was carried out in Kenya’s Meru County and examined three agricultural farming models: outgrowers, medium-scale commercial farms and a plantation. This was part of the ‘Land and Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa’ research project conducted in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. The...

by Chrispin Radoka Matenga, Munguzwe Hichaambwa in 2016

Zambia needs to undergo structural transformation triggered by increased agricultural and rural labour productivity if it is to achieve improved growth and broad-based poverty reduction. The current experience, however, is far from the radical change needed in order to achieve this. Zambia’s...

FAC Working Paper 136
by Vera Rocca in 2016

This paper presents a case study of farmers’ recent transition from growing traditional crops to cultivating sugarcane under a contract farming arrangement in Magobbo, Zambia. Responding to the need for a greater understanding of how the expansion of large-scale commercial agriculture impacts...