- Evidence suggests that smallholder farming is on the decline. There are exceptions and it is important to report on ‘pockets of dynamism’.
- It is essential that the current landholders receive upgraded, secure tenure in these areas.
- The key issue is the provision of capital, inputs and skills to bring it into production and to enhance rural livelihoods rather than spread rural poverty.
- Land reform and agricultural policy should unlock the productive potential of current smallholders where possible but policy should also encourage investments in non-agricultural routes to rural development and improved livelihoods.
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