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.

18 April 2010

Incorporating smallholder farmers in large-scale commercial agriculture

InfraCo’s Chiansi irrigation project in Zambia adopts a fundamentally new approach to boost food production and incomes of smallholder farmers. It involves the creation of a shared, commercially managed water infrastructure system for all landowners. The cost of the irrigation project is paid back from the value uplift generated by the separately managed commercial farm operation, taking place on land of which half is unused land contributed by smallholder farmers. Free irrigation is provided over the smallholder market garden plots. Full article here.