Can smallholder farmers grow? Perspectives from the rise of indigenous small-scale farmers in Ghana

This paper examines the process of growth and the drivers of transition using a quantitative survey of Ghanaian medium- and large-scale farmers. The paper departs from the competing visions on whether to promote small-scale or large-scale farms in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) primarily by arguing that an important transition of onetime small-scale farmers is taking place in Ghanaian agriculture and potentially in other SSA countries. This transition is largely unresearched, although it is a critical feature of agricultural transformation with implications for agricultural development strategies in the SSA sub-region. Acknowledgement : We would like to thank the United States Agency for International Development for providing financial support for this study through the IFPRI s Ghana Strategy Support Program. We thank Shashidhara Kolavalli and Xinshen Diao for their insightful comments on this research. This research also benefited from comments by Xiaobo Zhang, Guush Berhane Tesfay and numerous other IFPRI staff during the IFPRI s Retreat for IFPRI Staff Everywhere (RISE). We are solely responsible for any errors and omissions.

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