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Power, Rights, and Inclusive Markets: Public policies that support small-scale agriculture

Power, Rights, and Inclusive Markets: Public policies that support small-scale agriculture
16 pages

Authors
Sahan, Erinch
Thorpe, Jodie

Publication date
05 Jun 2013

ISBN
978-1-78077-339-1

Publisher
Oxfam International

Series
Oxfam Briefing Notes

Type
Policy paper

By supporting small-scale agricultural producers, policy makers in governments and donor agencies can help some of the poorest people in the world to improve their livelihoods. Unfortunately, evidence suggests that most donor and government policies are currently biased towards large-scale agriculture at the expense of small-scale producers, women, and rural communities.

This briefing note draws on recent Oxfam research to describe specific examples of how policy makers can govern markets and incentivise commercial investment in agriculture that includes small-scale producers. Policy recommendations focus on three key principles: giving small-scale producers, particularly women, power in markets and in politics; protecting basic rights; and supporting inclusive markets.

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