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Leaping and Learning: Linking Smallholders to Markets


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A4I, ODI and FANRPAN hosted three regional African workshops as part of their 'Leaping and Learning: Taking Agricultural Successes to Scale' project.

Taking Agricultural Successes to Scale

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Ag4Impact's joint project with the Overseas Development Institute (TakinODI), Firetail and the Glasshouse Partnership 'Leaping and Learning: Taking Agricultural Successes to Scale' has focused on providing development partners with access to independent, evidence-based recommendations that set out practical policy options and approaches for scaling up smallholder agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa to ensure food and nutrition security and poverty reduction.

To gather more evidence and seek feedback from agricultural development practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa, ODI and Ag4Impact worked with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) to host regional workshops in Johannesburg (9th July), Nairobi (11th July) and Accra (13th July). The attendees of these workshops were a mix of NGOs, foundations, government, large and small private enterprise, and various aid organisations.  

The main aims of the workshop were: 

  • To present our working understandings, derived from synthesising existing cases
  • To compare these insights to views of practitioners and policy-makers
  • To learn of other cases, especially those that may imply modifications to the working understandings
  • To make contacts and friends working on the same issues

Dr Steve Wiggins of ODI presented the findings of his project literature review, setting out a draft five-point policy framework for assessing ‘what works’ for smallholders. 

Check out our blog at for further details on all three workshops.  


Justina Zurauskiene

Justina Zurauskiene
Department of Life Sciences

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