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Wednesday, 07 November 2012

Participants Discuss the Future of Smallholder Farmers As Entrepreneurs

Over 500 private sector representatives, government officials, donors, civil society representatives, farmer organisations and academics have come together at “Making the Connection: Value Chains for Transforming Smallholder Agriculture”, an international conference that will discuss the future of agricultural value chains and how to incorporate smallholders in them to promote agricultural and rural development.
Hosted by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), with the support of many other organisations, the conference takes a novel, market-based approach to solving the challenge of how smallholder farmers can continue to play a major role in meeting consumer demand at domestic, regional and international levels.
Smallholder farmers provide the bulk of the food produced in developing countries – up to 80 percent in sub-Saharan Africa. Growing urban populations and greater global wealth are creating additional demand for agricultural products, yet rising food prices suggest that farmers’ productivity is not keeping up with this demand.
Participants at the conference will share ideas, knowledge, new approaches and best practices that can strengthen the efficiency and profitability of existing commercial value chains and assist those working to promote value chain development to strengthen economic growth in smallholder communities.

Source: allAfrica