In June 2010 SNV, together with IFAD, organised a conference on ‘brokering knowledge for upscaling best practices in Inclusive Markets Access in East & Southern Africa’, which brought together over 70 participants from 11 African countries from donor, public and private sector to share experiences. This report summarizes the main issues discussed during the conference, of which the main focus was seeking to bring about systemic change for larger-scale sustainable inclusive markets with a wider significance.
This annual report provides more detail of the strategic position choices SNV made in East and Southern Africa in 2007 and illustrates our approach with case studies from our practice.
With this publication we hope to generate and disseminate knowledge useful for those involved in the smallholder agricultural sector. Zimbabwe’s experiences in contract farming are also useful for other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Raising agricultural productivity in Africa and involving the smallholder farmers in that process is one of the key priorities, as emphasised in the World Development Report 2008 of the World Bank. Contract Farming is one of the pathways to get there.