Whether for profit or social motives - and often both - an increasing number of investors are targeting opportunities in African agriculture. At the same time innovative approaches for deploying aid to support farming businesses linked to smallholders are emerging. This blog provides a snapshot of who is doing what, where and how.

14 March 2010

African agriculture in 50 years

A powerful article by Professor Paul Collier and Stefan Dercon of Oxford University challenges the traditional approach by governments, donor agencies and charities which focuses exclusively on supporting increased production by smallholder farmers. To put Africa on a path to achieving a large and sustinable reduction in poverty, they argue, the agenda for agricultural growth should surely be to introduce commercial agriculture on a competitive basis. Link to full article here.