Outgrower Systems Hold Promise for Smallholder African Farmers
October 10, 2011 Editor 0
Authored by: Andrew Eder
(Above: Domingos Alfredo Torres, an outgrower for Novos Horizontes, a poultry company in northern Mozambique).
African agriculture is poised for a boom. Investors are buying large tracts of land at a growing pace as commodity prices rise and the overall business climate improves in Africa. But will this activity translate into higher rural incomes and a better quality of life for Africa’s hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers?
A number of obstacles stand in the way of these farmers transitioning from subsistence to market-oriented farming – and thus delivering the volume and quality of produce that commercial buyers require. A new joint report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and TechnoServe highlights the promise and challenges of one way to overcome these obstacles: outgrower schemes.
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