Small Farmers, Big Change: Scaling Up Impact in Smallholder Agriculture

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David Wilson, Kirsty Wilson, Claire Harvey
Practical Action Pub., 2011 - Political Science - 131 pages
To maximize the potential of agricultural scale up, NGOs need to act as facilitators of multi-stakeholder processes that establish new types of farmer organizations, alliances to influence policy and investment, new business models, and innovative ways of delivery market services.

Small Farmers, Big Changewill help NGOs to build their capacity to identify the most strategic pathways and leaders for change while working with small farmers as the key agents. The book includes very practical examples of achieving wider change in smallholder agriculture through influencing policy and investment decisions, linking smallholders into markets and value chains, and innovation in service provision for small farmers. The case studies outline what steps were taken to approach change inclusively, with a focus on managing risks, promoting equitable livelihoods and rural women's economic leadership. The approach taken is a transparent one and includes information about challenges faced and what remains to be done in the future.

This book should be read by the staff of donor agencies, policy makers, NGO practitioners, academics and students of development studies and the environment.

Published in association with Oxfam GB

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About the author (2011)

David Wilson is a Technical Editor specializing in development and humanitarian issues.

Kirsty Wilson is a Project Manager in the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA), Ethiopia.

Claire Harvey is a Communications Manager in Oxfam GB.

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