Inclusive value chain collaboration in Ghana and South Africa
Business-smallholder partnerships may enhance farmers’ innovation potential and food security. This research examines how partnerships can be better aligned with tree crop farmers’ livelihood trajectories and be made more inclusive, to contribute more effectively to food sovereignty (farmers’ access to food and autonomy over production and marketing) and sustainable landscapes.
Aim: The project “Inclusive value chain collaboration with smallholder tree-crop farmers in Ghana & South Africa” examines whether and how value chain collaboration (VCC) involving tree-crop farmers in Ghana (cocoa and oil palm) and South Africa (macadamia and avocado) can be made more equitable and inclusive.
Objective: Contribute knowledge that helps achieve more equitable terms of engagement in VCC, greater autonomy in food production and marketing, and sustainable landscapes.
Method: This programme envisages action research in ‘learning platforms’ which are arenas for joint learning and negotiated knowledge. Researchers liaise with existing innovation platforms and networks and stimulate new stakeholder coalitions where this is needed to build a bridge between local-level initiatives and higher-level partnerhsips and policy communities. Our aim is to mediate between different knowledge systems and governance levels and facilitate technological and institutional innovation. Sub-projects contribute to (i) the co-production of knowledge about the diversity of smallholder strategies and livelihood trajectories and how these play out in VCC and landscape approaches, (ii) multi-stakeholder definition of the sustainability choice space of commoditised tree-crop farming, and (iii) smallholders’ inclusion in adaptive learning processes related to innovations and landscape approaches initiated through VCC.
Countries: Ghana and South-Africa.
Dutch policy goals: Increase sustainable food production; Improved access to nutrition; and Efficient markets.
Duration: October 01, 2014 – October 01, 2018