CHAPTER 2

Business Pathways to the
Future of Smallholder Farming
in the Context of Transforming
Value chains

AUTHORS
Ousmane Badiane
John Ulimwengu
International Food Policy Research Institute

ONE

African smallholders have historically been able to compete locally and globally across a variety of value chains.

TWO

The rapidly transforming agricultural value chains, driven by urbanization and rising incomes, create significant market and income opportunities for smallholder farmers.

THREE

A key strategic priority is to foster the type of institutional innovations that would effectively integrate smallholder farmers as credible business partners into modern value chains.

FOUR

The most likely strategy to reach the largest number of dispersed smallholder farmers will be to modernize a critical mass of the large number of producer organizations with enhanced commercial and technical skills.