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Equity and Institutions in Sustainable African Intensification

Project’s duration: 2016 - 2020

Contact person: Martin Prowse

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Papaya  is a research project aimed at analysing patterns of smallholder intensification in Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi from a sustainability perspective with particular attention to: (a) gender and youth; and (b) the ways existing rural institutions could be enabled and incentivised to improve equity given prevailing policies, norms and structures.

The project will provide empirical evidence to answer the following overarching research question:

How can equity issues be best addressed in Sustainable Intensification approaches and policies to ensure the needs and interests of poorer smallholders, especially youth and women, are properly addressed?

The research will contextualise findings at the district level as well as within national agricultural policies, processes of institutional change, the changing landscape of risk and broader demographic and socio-economic shifts.

Papaya is part of the Sustainable Intensification of Agricultural Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) Programme, an initiative that seeks to generate evidence and design tools to enable governments, investors and other key actors to deliver more effective policies and investments in sustainable agricultural intensification that strengthen the capacity of poorer farmers, especially women and youth, to access and benefit from SAI in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. SAIRLA is funded by the UK Department for International Development and managed by WYG International Ltd and the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich. Visit for more information.


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