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Title:Right place, right time: increasing the effectiveness of agricultural development support in sub-Saharan Africa
Authors:Delaney, Sara
Livingston, Geoffrey
Schonberger, Steven
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:small farms
agricultural intensification
development cooperation
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10220461.2011.622950
Abstract:Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are well placed to seize the opportunities from expanding global and regional demand for agricultural products but this will require a shift from extensive to more intensive production systems. The ability of SSA's smallholder farmers to increase on-farm investments in productivity is, however, constrained by their capacity to manage the risk-return trade-offs in moving towards intensified agriculture. While stakeholders are increasing their investments to assist smallholders in SSA to participate in integrated supply chains, the returns in terms of technical and financial results from these investments are generally lower than in other developing regions. This is, at least in part, a consequence of problems associated with the role of spatial and temporal coordination in programme delivery. Hence, much more focus needs to be devoted to delivering goods and services for smallholders at the right place and the right time, and this should be better monitored and evaluated in the context of development programmes. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]