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New pathways out of poverty in Africa: sustainable agriculture

A Christian Aid and CAFOD policy paper investigating how agricultural transformation has become a development priority for African governments and the international development community. It is commonly understood as a shift from ‘low’ productivity subsistence agriculture to more commercially-oriented production. This shift is seen as the first step away from the continent’s continued dependence on raw commodity exports, and towards diversified and domestically integrated economies that provide sufficient employment opportunities to the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population.   This is to be welcomed. However, this report highlights the risk that agricultural transformation strategies already underway in some African countries could increase inequality and further degrade the environment. To prevent this from happening agriculture transformation strategies need to: integrate actions that will build the resilience of producer households and wider ecosystems to climate and economic shocks, instead of focusing predominantly on increasing the productivity of smallholders link smallholder producers to the wider domestic economy.  CAFOD and Christian Aid programmes that support small agro-enterprise development, climate resilience building and inclusive agricultural market development include deliberate actions to ensure equitable and environmentally sustainable outcomes. To further promote the integration of these principles in the design and implementation of government policies, we have initiated an on-going dialogue with our partner organisations in Africa to determine how agricultural transformation policies in their own countries can contribute to more equitable and sustainable development.

Building resilience to El Nino - research summary

Christian Aid has been supporting local partners across El-Nino affected countries through a variety of resilience building projects. This research summary looks at the outcome of these interventions in Nicaragua and Ethiopia.     

How to implement values-based business models

Download this briefing from the Salt Business Network outlining how to create a values-based business model.

Song of Kingdom Come words and sheet music

For use in your Christian Aid Week service. Can be used when building a Home of Hope.

Song of Kingdom Come video with subtitles

For use in your Christian Aid Week service. Can be used when building a Home of Hope.

Build a home of hope

All you need to build your Home of Hope in your service and gatherings for Christian Aid Week.

Build a home of hope - Welsh

All you need to build your Home of Hope in your service and gatherings for Christian Aid Week.