Categorie: James Wangu

Business in smallholder agricultural development: inclusive for whom?

Door James Wangu | 21 december 2020

Investments made by agribusinesses in Kenya, for example in French beans or mango production, are often dubbed inclusive: poor smallholders are assumed to participate and benefit too. However, research done by the Follow the Food programme shows that businesses tend to favour larger farmers and exclude smaller and resource-poor smallholders. Moreover, these investments tend not to have much effect on the food security of the households involved. Researchers James Wangu and Ellen Mangnus conclude that inclusive agribusiness can at best only be a partial answer.