Smallholder Commercialization: Processes, Determinants and Impact

  • Date Posted: July 5, 2011
  • Authors: Moti Jaleta, Berhanu Gebremedhin, Dirk Hoekstra
  • Organizations: International Livestock Research Institute
  • Document Types: Evaluation, Assessment
  • Donor Type: Non-Governmental Organization

This paper by the International Livestock Research Institute reviews the available literature on smallholder commercialization. Of particular interest, the paper discusses the arguments for smallholders to scale-up and commercialize existing food crops versus beginning to produce completely new crops specifically for sale. The production of high-value crops typically generates greater returns for producers, but also typically implies greater risks and barriers to entry. In general, commercialization is found to be positive for families, though the impacts vary. In particular, commercialization can lead to negative or positive impacts on household nutrition.