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Wageningen University (2020)

Participation of smallholder farms in modern agricultural value chains : East Africa

Ygzaw, Frezer

Titre : Participation of smallholder farms in modern agricultural value chains : East Africa

Auteur : Ygzaw, Frezer

Université de soutenance : Wageningen University

Grade : MSc Thesis Spatial Planning 2020

Résumé
The transformation of the agricultural system is seen as a crucial way to improve East Africa’s impoverished livelihoods. But the tools used to realize this, such as modern agricultural value chains are underperforming. Most literature shows that this is due to poor smallholder farmer productivity. This is despite the focus of international and local organizations to improve smallholder farmers’ productivity. So, this study aims to look into the reason behind the challenge in productivity by examining the participation of smallholder farmers in modern agricultural value chains from the perspective of land productivity and collaboration. Taking the region as a case study area qualitative study was conducted. And data was collected from experts in agriculture, agricultural value chain, spatial planning, and other relevant fields with experience in East Africa. The results show that the participation of smallholder farmers in modern agricultural value chains can improve their productivity. However, to achieve significant improvement in productivity the existing spatial organization of farmlands and collaboration systems in the modern agricultural value chains needs to change.

Mots clés : smallholder farmers, modern agricultural value chains, crop productivity, East Africa, collaboration, power asymmetry, land productivity

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