New pathways out of poverty in Africa

Written by  CAFOD & Christian AId

New pathways out  of poverty in Africa
24 November 2017

The promise of sustainable and inclusive agricultural transformation

A CAFOD and Christian Aid policy paper investigating how agricultural transformation has become a development priority for African governments and the international development community. October 2017

It is commonly understood as a shift from ‘low’ productivity subsistence agriculture to more commercially-oriented production. This shift is seen as the first step away from the continent’s continued dependence on raw commodity exports, and towards diversified and domestically integrated economies that provide sufficient employment opportunities to the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population.

This is to be welcomed. However, this report highlights the risk that agricultural transformation strategies already underway in some African countries could increase inequality and further degrade the environment. To prevent this from happening agriculture transformation strategies need to:

-integrate actions that will build the resilience of producer households and wider ecosystems to climate and economic shocks, instead of focusing predominantly on increasing the productivity of smallholders
-link smallholder producers to the wider domestic economy.

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