Analysing the pathways to agricultural commercialisation in sub-Saharan Africa

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. The consortium will examine interactions between various types of commercialisation and the effects this has on different groups of people over time, such as men and women.

With headquarters at the Institute of Development Studies, APRA has run from 2016 to 2021 and 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.


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Africa

APRA will operate 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/mature and recent/emerging sites of commercialisation- with varying market connections and infrastructure. We will also examine different objects of commercialisation, including comparing low-value staples, high-value horticulture, industrial and export crops.

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Nigeria

WEST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/UNIV OF GHANA
Joseph Yaro: yarojoe@yahoo.com

Ghana

WEST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/UNIV OF GHANA
Joseph Yaro: yarojoe@yahoo.com

Ethiopia

EAST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/CABE
Hannington Odame: hsodame@gmail.com
Beatrice Ouma: b.ouma@future-agricultures.org

Kenya

EAST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/CABE
Hannington Odame: hsodame@gmail.com
Beatrice Ouma: b.ouma@future-agricultures.org

Tanzania

EAST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/CABE
Hannington Odame: hsodame@gmail.com
Beatrice Ouma: b.ouma@future-agricultures.org

Malawi

RESEARCH DIRECTOR/UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI
Ephraim Chirwa: echirwa@yahoo.com

Moçambique

SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/PLAAS
Cyriaque Hakizimana: chakizimana@plaas.org.za
Ruth Hall: rhall@uwc.ac.za

Zimbabwe

SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/PLAAS
Cyriaque Hakizimana: chakizimana@plaas.org.za
Ruth Hall: rhall@uwc.ac.za

BROCHURE

Our new APRA brochure is now available to download.

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NEWS

APRA in the news: Ghana Stakeholders brainstorm over new project
April 2, 2017

APRA is a five-year research programme that will focus on different pathways to agriculture commercialisation in sub-Saharan Africa. Based at IDS the project also has regional hubs in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. Recent discussions amongst the Ghana hub and stakeholders in the agriculture sector have been captured in the Ghanaian media, Joy Online, marking… Read more »

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Videos

Rachel Sabates-Wheeler: Introducing Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
Mirriam Matita: Introducing Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
Chrispen Sukume: Introducing Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
Saweda Liverpool-Tasie: Introducing Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
Ephraim Chirwa: Introducing Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)
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CONTACT

DIRECTORATE/IDS

John Thompson: j.thompson@ids.ac.uk
Oliver Burch: o.burch@ids.ac.uk

RESEARCH DIRECTOR/UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI

Ephraim Chirwa: echirwa@yahoo.com

EAST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/CABE

Hannington Odame: hsodame@gmail.com
Beatrice Ouma: b.ouma@future-agricultures.org

SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/PLAAS

Cyriaque Hakizimana: chakizimana@plaas.org.za
Ruth Hall: rhall@uwc.ac.za

WEST AFRICA REGIONAL HUB/UNIV OF GHANA

Joseph Yaro: yarojoe@yahoo.com

Partner Organisations

Future Agricultures has a diverse network of partners in Africa and worldwide, working together on research, communications and policy engagement.