Small farmers in Africa have long been engaged with markets. Whenever villages have been connected to urban or overseas markets, smallholders have produced surpluses for them - at times prompting remarkable transformations in rural economies. The opportunities to engage with markets for small farmers are increasing - making questions that arise about smallholder commercialisation all the more important. This review looks at the debates, evidence and policy implications associated with these new opportunities.
Wiggins, S.; Argwings-Kodhek, G.; Leavy, J.; Poulton, C. Small farm commercialisation in Africa: Reviewing the issues. Future Agricultures Consortium, Brighton, UK (2011) 113 pp. [Future Agricultures Research Paper 23]