Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)

APRA is a five-year programme building on research and policy engagement work by the Future Agricultures Consortium which focuses on analysing and understanding agricultural policy processes in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The project’s aim is to produce new information and insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in order to assess their impacts and outcomes to rural poverty, women and girl’s empowerment and food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The projects objectives are:
Generating high-quality evidence on pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa using a rigorous mix of quantitative and qualitative methods.
Undertaking policy research on agricultural commercialisation to fill the key evidence gaps and define policy options.
Ensuring the sharing and uptake of research by diverse range of stakeholders
Strengthening the capacity of the research team and associated partner institutions , to deliver high quality research and advise.
This project is to be implemented in six countries across East, West and Southern Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) representing a diverse range of commercialisation contexts and activities.
The inception Phase held in August 2016 established Regional Reference Groups of stakeholders with knowledge and interest in commercialisation process in the three focal regions. These stakeholders offered insights into APRA research activities and findings, commercialisation challenges and opportunities; and engaged in an on-going dialogue with APRA colleagues in their regions and countries.
In the next five years APRA Research Programme Consortium will fill in Important “evidence gaps” by undertaking in-depth research analysis and dissemination on the impact of processes of commercialization in African Agriculture. This will involve a variety of country and regional-level activities to make evidence available for decision makers, drawing insights from comparative , mixed -methods research and in-depth policy studies.