For the benefit of Livelihoods Advisers in DFID, this Topic Guide sets
out the issues arising when stimulating private investment and
initiatives to the benefit of small-scale and informal farmers, fishers
and herders. Four sets of questions are addressed, namely:
- What is known about agricultural growth that reduces poverty, hunger,
inequality and conserves the environment?
What are the respective roles of the public and private sectors for
such agricultural development?
To what extent do policies and investments need to distinguish between
different households? [Section 2]
- How are recent DFID-supported initiatives to foster private investment
and innovation in agriculture – such as TradeMark East Africa, New
Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, Financial Deepening Trust,
LIFT Burma, AECF, FRICH, Katalyst, FoodTrade and SAGCOT – situated in
relation to these roles?
How much is known about the effectiveness of these and other
initiatives to foster private investment and innovation in agriculture
and natural resources in promoting development objectives? [Section
- What needs to be done to ensure that these initiatives have
development impact, and avoid potential pitfalls? [Section4]
- What should DFID advisers thus consider when assessing these and other
possible initiatives? [Section 5]
This peer reviewed Topic Guide has been produced by the Overseas
Development Institute (ODI) with the assistance of the UK Department for
International Development (DFID) contracted through the Climate,
Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and
Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by
DAI (which incorporates HTSPE Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited.
Wiggins, S.; Keats, S. Topic Guide: Leveraging the private sector to promote agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods. Evidence on Demand, UK (2014) xvi + 90 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_tg.september2014.wigginsskeatss]