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African Smallholder Farmers Group publications

Africa's Smallholder Farmers: Approaches that Work for Viable Livelihoods

This report, launched in the UK Parliament in July 2010, outlines why support for agriculture - and in particular for smallholder farmers - is critical to address hunger and poverty in Africa. The report showcases a range of approaches that have improved access for marginalised farmers, especially women, to decision-making, knowledge, science and technology, assets, markets and equal opportunity.

ASFG submission to the APPG for Agriculture & Food for Development Parliamentary Investigation into the Integration of Smallholder Farmers into Supply Chains
February 2012

The ASFG submission  to the UK parliamentary investigation into the integration of smallholder farmers into supply chains in which we share our experience and learning with the inquiry on three important issues: 1) identifying local, regional and international supply chain opportunities; 2) how to include marginalised producers;  3) the essential role of civil society organisations in linking marginalised farmers to supply chains. 

External publications

The following publications are listed in order of their date of publication, with the most recent on top.  Please note that we are not responsible for the content of these publications and they do not necessarily reflect the views of ASFG members. 

Find Your Feet
Recognising the Unrecognised: Farmer Innovation in Northern Malawi
June 2011
Unlocking Zimbabwe's Organic Potential: The Case of Smallholder Farmers in Mashonaland East
October 2012

GardenAfrica's action research in Zimbabwe with organic farmers.

Private Investment in Agriculture: Why it's essential, and what's needed
October 2012

The paper argues that massive investment in agriculture is desperately needed to help fix the broken food system. Private sector investment can play a vital role in delivering inclusive economic growth, environmental sustainability and poverty reduction. However, in order to do so, it must be adequately regulated and should adhere to some key principles, such as focusing on local food markets, working with producer organisations and respecting the rights of small-scale producers, workers and communities.

The Montpellier Panel
Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture
March 2012
ActionAid International, CARE, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Find Your Feet, Oxfam, Practical Action, Save the Children and Self Help Africa
What Works for Women: Proven approaches for empowering women smallholders and achieving food security
March 2012
Concern Worldwide
Farming for Impact: A Case Study of Smallholder Agriculture in Rwanda
December 2011
Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change
Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change: Summary for policy makers from the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change
November 2011
Christian Aid
Healthy Harvests: The Benefits of Sustainable Agriculture in Africa and Asia
September 2011
Growing a Better Future: Food Justice in a Resource-constrained World
June 2011
Farming as Equals: How Supporting Women's Rights and Gender Equality Makes the Difference
May 2011
Making CAADP Work for Women Farmers: A Review of Progress in Six Countries
April 2011
Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Agro-ecology and the Right to Food, presented at the 16th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council
March 2011
Concern Worldwide
Women Marginalised Farmers - Working Hard to Fight Hunger
March 2011
CAADP: A Toolkit for Civil Society, Organisation, Engagement and Advocacy
February 2011
The Government Office for Science, Final Project Report
Foresight - The Future of Food and Farming
January 2011
Practical Action
From Vulnerability to Resilience: A Framework for Analysis and Action to Build Community Resilience
Practical Action
Hunger, Food and Agriculture: Responding to the Ongoing Challenges
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Rural Poverty Report 2011
November 2010
Imperial College London/Agriculture for Impact
The Montpellier Panel Report - Africa and Europe: Partnerships for Agricultural Development
October 2010
Via Campesina
Sustainable Peasant and Family Farm Agriculture Can Feed the World
September 2010
Fertile Ground: How Governments and Donors Can Halve Hunger by Supporting Small Farmers
April 2010
Concern Worldwide
Women Marginalised Farmers - Mobilising for Change
March 2010
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development
Why No Thought for Food: A UK Parliamentary Inquiry into Global Food Security
January 2010
UK Food Group
Securing Future Food: Towards Ecological Food Provision
January 2010
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Food Security, Farming, and Climate Change to 2050
Concern Worldwide
Women Marginalised Farmers Speak Out - A Zambian Case Study
November 2009
Practical Action
Programme Briefing - Prioritising Marginalised Producers: Practical Action's Approach to Food and Livelihood Security
June 2009
International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD)
Agriculture at a Crossroads
Pimbert, M
Towards food sovereignty: reclaiming autonomous food systems
Altieri, M
Small Farms as a Planetary Ecological Asset: Five Key Reasons Why We Should Support the Revitalisation of Small Farms in the Global South
Concern Worldwide
Marginal Farmers - A Review of the Literature
November 2008
Concern Worldwide
Tracking the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme: Assessing the inclusion of marginal farmers in Zambia's CAADP roundtable
September 2008
UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity-building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development
Organic Agriculture and Food Security in Africa
World Bank
World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development
FIAN International/ITDG Publishing
Food Sovereignty: Towards Democracy in Localised Food Systems

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