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Development Domains for Ethiopia: Capturing the Geographical Context of Smallholder Development Options

"The choices that smallholder farmers are able to make are strongly conditioned by the geographic conditions in which they live. The importance of this fact for rural development strategy is not lost on policy makers. For example, the government o…

Defining Smallholders Agriculture in Ghana: Who are smallholders, what do they do and how are they linked with markets?

"Smallholders in Ghana, as elsewhere, are widely considered to be the largest as well as the most vulnerable component of the rural sector. Ghana professes national development objectives of reducing rural poverty through the increased productivity…

Powering Agriculture: Unlocking Africa's Next Green Revolution

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbate uncertainty around the future of work in Africa. The impact of climate change on Africa’s largely rain-fed agricultural sector only deepens the growing food crisis and compounds the employment…

Climate Change and its Impacts on the Feasibility and Sustainability of Small-scale Systems of Agricultural Production in Communal Areas and on Farms Transferred through Land Reform

This paper is intended to provide context and support discussion on the potential impacts of climate on small-scale farming systems in South Africa and the resulting socio-economic impacts, including in the context of black smallholder farmers in co…

International Experiences of Support Policies for Smallholders: A Review and an Exploration of Underlying Rationale and Narratives

This thematic study on International experiences of policies supporting smallholder production is part of the background papers of the ‘GTAC/CBPEP/EU study on employment-intensive rural land reform in South Africa.’ It aims at presenting the existin…

The Gender Gap in Smallholder Agricultural Productivity: The Case of Cameroon

Using plot-level data from Cameroon, we document how gender disparity in productivity varies according to how plot headship is defined and distinguished by gender. We account for selectivity bias and obtain direct and indirect drivers of gender disp…

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