Considering agriculture transformation in our livelihoods work

For practitioners implementing agricultural livelihoods programmes, the term agricultural transformation can appear of little relevance at first, belonging instead to the world of diplomats, technocrats and high-level policy negotiations or national development planning.

But could it hold value for us?

Our recent research process which culminated in this policy paper would suggest that yes, it could. Continue reading “Considering agriculture transformation in our livelihoods work”

New pathways out of poverty in Africa: the promise of sustainable and inclusive agricultural transformation

You may have heard buzz words like ‘economic transformation’ and ‘agricultural transformation’ in government speeches, the media or (if you’re a bit of a policy wonk) if you follow some of the discussions at the AU, UNECA or regional bodies like SADC.

These are two key priorities for many African governments (and donor organisations) who are desperate for the continent to get on a new development path with greater levels of industrialisation and more job opportunities. This  new discourse  is therefore important for civil society organisations  to understand when we are designing and seeking to fund agriculture programmes. Continue reading “New pathways out of poverty in Africa: the promise of sustainable and inclusive agricultural transformation”