Linking African Smallholders to High-Value Markets: Practitioner Perspectives on Benefits, Constraints, and Interventions

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Spencer Henson

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business

Steven Jaffee

World Bank

John A. L. Cranfield

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business

Jose Blandon

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business

Paul B. Siegel

World Bank

Date Written: March 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper provides the results of an international survey of practitioners with experience in facilitating the participation of African smallholder farmers in supply chains for higher-value and/or differentiated agricultural products. It explores their perceptions about the constraints inhibiting and the impacts associated with this supply chain participation. It also examines their perceptions about the factors affecting the success of project and policy interventions in this area, about how this success is and should be measured, and about the appropriate roles for national governments, the private sector, and development assistance entities in facilitating smallholder gains in this area. The results confirm a growing 'consensus' about institutional roles, yet suggest some ambiguity regarding the impacts of smallholder participation in higher-value supply chains and the appropriateness of the indicators most commonly used to gauge such impacts. The results also suggest a need to strengthen knowledge about both the 'old' and 'new' sets of constraints (and solutions) related to remunerative smallholder inclusion, in the form of the rising role of standards alongside more long-standing concerns about infrastructure and logistical links to markets.

Keywords: Access to Finance, Environmental Economics & Policies, Labor Policies, Economic Theory & Research, Agricultural Knowledge & Information Systems

Suggested Citation

Henson, Spencer and Jaffee, Steven and Cranfield, John A. L. and Blandon, Jose and Siegel, Paul B., Linking African Smallholders to High-Value Markets: Practitioner Perspectives on Benefits, Constraints, and Interventions (March 1, 2008). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1149076

Spencer Henson (Contact Author)

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business ( email )

Guelph, N1G 2W1, Ontario
Canada

Steven Jaffee

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

John A. L. Cranfield

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business ( email )

Guelph, N1G 2W1, Ontario
Canada

Jose Blandon

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business ( email )

Guelph, Ontario
Canada

Paul B. Siegel

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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