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The serious development gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa that generate the internal and external pressures for smallholder transformation are highlighted. In the light of that, this paper aimed to identify the fundamental drivers through which institutional demand influences actions to stimulate smallholder transformation. Building on a comprehensive review of existing literature and research, the paper found that the unique character of the smallholder sector and the myriad technical and institutional constraints and barriers afford opportunities to introduce meaningful change that will be beneficial to the system in the direction of the desired change. The paper therefore proposes a framework for implementing these actions and recommends the strengthening of national agricultural systems to drive smallholder transformation.



Obi, A (2020). Institutional Demand and Smallholder Farmers transformation in Africa. FARA Research Report 5 (24): Pp 36

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