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Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces

Transforming Africa's agriculture sector is central to growth and poverty reduction on the continent. This project will promote rigorous, gender-sensitive, and policy-oriented research on the factors that drive change and opportunities for enhancing rural employment. It will identify labour market, policy, and institutional constraints that undermine job creation and employment in rural areas. Income diversification, job opportunities The project's objectives include: -compare labour productivity and employment intensity patterns for diverse agricultural strategies and non-farm jobs in rural areas -explore seasonal market imperfections that limit employment within agriculture -propose policy interventions for enhancing productivity in rural areas -generate 10 to 12 research papers that can be published in high-impact journals, along with five to six policy briefs -facilitate policy uptake of research results by organizing stakeholders meetings -build skills and knowledge for 10 early career African scholars through training and mentorship Policy-focused researchers in Africa The project's research results will feed into policy through regular engagement with practitioners at a series of conferences. The project supports the African Union's Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods and the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme. The Partnership for Economic Policy will implement the project. Training and mentorship of early career African scholars will take place in collaboration with the World Bank and Cornell University. The work will help create a pool of world-class policy-oriented researchers.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
24 months
IDRC Officer
Flaubert Mbiekop
Total Funding
CA$ 500,000.00
South of Sahara
Employment and Growth
Employment and Growth
Institution Country
United States
Project Leader
Professor Mariara
Partnership For Economic Policy, Inc.



Patterns of labor productivity and income diversification in the rural farm and non-farm sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa


Non-farm employment, agricultural intensification and productivity change : empirical findings from Uganda