Synthesis Documents

Topic Guide: Leveraging the private sector to promote agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods, by Steve Wiggins and Shadra Keats, ODI, 2014

    Description
    This Topic Guide sets out key issues that areise when stimulating private investment and initiative to the benefit of small-scale and informal farmers, fishers and herders. Several questions are addressed, including:
    • What is known about agricultural growth that reduces poverty, hunger, inequality and conserves the environment? What are the respective roles of the public and private sectors for such agricultural development? To what extent do policies and investments need to distinguish between different households?
    • How are recent DFID-supported initiatives to foster private investment and innovation in agriculture – such as TradeMark East Africa, New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, Financial Deepening Trust, LIFT Burma, AECF, FRICH, Katalyst, FoodTrade and SAGCOT – situated in relation to these roles? How much is known about the effectiveness of these and other initiatives to foster private investment and innovation in agriculture and natural resources in promoting development objectives?
    • What needs to be done to ensure that these initiatives have development impact, and avoid potential pitfalls?