This paper considers alternative perspectives on agricultural commercialisation. The paper attempts to get away from the idea that there is one ideal commercial agriculture, following a linear path to some clearly defined end point. Commercialisations can take different pathways, especially if simple distinctions, e.g. between 'food' and 'cash' crops, are avoided. The authors argue for a diverse range of commercialisations, locally specific trajectories, and engagement with both domestic and export markets. Growth-poverty reduction linkages for smallholder farmers through commercialised agriculture do not lie along just one or two channels.
Future Agricultures Briefing, 4 pp.