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Facilitating smallholder market integration

Our work on smallholders and small family farms is based on the premise that the extent to which they are able to participate in agricultural input and output markets, and the functionality of those markets, is a key determinant of their willingness and ability to increase marketable surpluses.

We aim to improve knowledge on patterns and determinants of market participation and the constraints faced by different categories of smallholder producers in accessing alternative market outlets. This informs the design of policy interventions and institutional improvements to support inclusive market and value chain development. FAO supports national and regional organizations in appreciating the importance of smallholder market participation and the approaches to enhancing participation, with particular attention to the role of public-private partnerships and producer associations and cooperatives.

Smallholder integration in changing food markets
Encouraging semi-subsistence producers to participate more in local markets and supporting more commercialized producers to better access sophisticated value chains raise different issues with respect to both their ability and willingness to increase production for sale. There is therefore no ‘one size fits all' solution to encourage greater market participation by smallholders.

Summary - Ensuring small-scale farmers benefit from high food prices

All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme
The overall objective of the AAACP is to reduce income vulnerability and improve the livelihoods of producers dependent on agricultural commodities - in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions (ACP) - by building the capacity of actors along commodity chains to develop and implement sustainable value chain strategies.


Jamie Morrison
Team leader: Smallholder Market Integration via Value Chain Development