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Agricultural partnerships

Creating inclusive partnerships for inclusive development in agriculture

Led by Dr Ir Annemarie van Paassen, Wageningen University (WUR), the Netherlands

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About the research group

The research project ‘Partnership Arrangements as Strategic Action for Inclusive Development: Practice and Outcome’ studies under what conditions and how strategic actors can be mobilized to become involved in partnerships for inclusive development in Sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural sector. To understand the transformative role that partnership can play it is essential to know under what conditions actors initiate or become involved in partnerships. What new institutions and forms of innovation and value chain governance do the various partnerships in the different contexts promote, and how do other stakeholder react? What new type of innovation governance practices, institutions and relationships do finally emerge? And what will then be the impact at the local level of the value chain, notably the position of the smallholders. Insights gained may help practitioners to orchestrate partnerships in such a way that they are able to create effective and sustainable structures for inclusive development.

  • College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Institute of Statistical, Social & Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Council for Scientific Industrial Research-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) partnership with CORAF/WE DONATE, Ghana
  • Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI – CSIR), Ghana
  • Cocoa Research Institute Ghana (CRIG), Ghana
  • Solidaridad, Ghana
  • SNV Ghana, Ghana
Main question

What conditions are required for public and private actors, NGOs and smallholders to be interested in and capable of initiating or joining partnerships for inclusive value chain development?

Country focus
  • Ghana