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Financing smallholder farmers: from risks to opportunities

Investors still perceive rural markets as risky. To attract private finance for viable agricultural investments, the European Commission (EC) has launched a new Agriculture Financing Initiative (AgriFI). “AgriFI addresses the whole value chain system, to boost investment in rural areas and achieve inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth”, says Roberto Ridolfi, director of the EC for Sustainable Growth and Development at Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development.

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Transforming lives

This booklet explores how ICTs have transformed the way agricultural actors in rural areas communicate and interact. As a result, the ‘digital divide’ between rural and urban areas is reducing in ACP regions.


Thierry Pairault

Director emeritus for research at the French CNRS

China-Africa: A win-win partnership? A matter of strategy

Ian Scoones

Director of the ESRC STEPS Centre

How is China reshaping African agriculture?

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