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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.

PACS programme summary film

A final wrap up film of the Poorest Areas Civil Society programme in India, showing achievements and learnings.

Africa rising? Inequalities and the essential role of fair taxation

Joint report with Tax Justice Network Africa (TJN-A) reveals Africa's much-touted growth is happening alongside worsening income inequality trends.

Broken appeal poster

Download our 'Broken' appeal poster to display in your church

How to play the paper bag game

Age: 9+ / Youth group (11-18) Teacher instructions on how to play the paper bag game.

The paper bag presentation - Welsh

Age: 9+ / Youth group (11-18) A Welsh language presentation to introduce the paper bag game.

The paper bag game presentation

Age: 9+ / Youth group (11-18) A PowerPoint presentation to introduce the paper bag game.

The paper bag game introduction

Age: 9+ / Youth group (11-18) Instructions on how to play the paper bag game.

Paper bag game discussion

Age: 9+ / Youth group (11-18) This resource encourages discussion after playing the paper bag game. It also include suggested activities for Religious Education (RE) lessons. 

The paper bag game: further reading

Age: 9+ / Youth group (11-18) Background information for leaders about working children.

The paper bag game worksheet

Age: 9+ / Youth group (11-18) This game sets pupils the challenge of calculating if their family has made enough paper bags to get all the items on the shopping list.

How to make a paper bag

Age: 9+ / Youth group (11-18) Instructions on how to make a paper bag as part of The Paper Bag game.