What are the important policies, laws and regulations in the business environment impacting on the market participation of smallholder farmers in Africa?
This new framework, based on an extensive literature review and a survey amongst our partner organisations, aims to answer this question. It can be used as a tool to inform how donors, NGOs and governments can best support smallholders.
Smallholder farmers form the backbone of economic activity in most African countries. They have the potential to play a crucial role in supplying food to the continent’s population and bringing about economic transformation in rural areas. However, government policies and practices are often unresponsive to their needs, meaning they struggle to improve their productivity or access to markets.
To start to improve the environment for farmers, we need to understand what policies and practices are beneficial to them.