Green Revolution / Agribusiness in Africa

A tale of neo-apartheid plans, dodgy dealings and corporate capture: Government support to South African smallholders

Press release

Press Release from the African Centre for Biodiversity

Johannesburg, Thursday 5 April 2018


Limited transparency, weak accountability, and capture by corporations and politically-connected individuals. These are features of the current South African landscape found in government’s smallholder farmer support programmes, according to a research report by African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) released today.

The report, titled “Input supply in South Africa’s smallholder farmer support programmes: A tale of neo-apartheid plans, dodgy dealings and corporate capture” raises concerns about publicly-funded programmes that are supposed to be assisting smallholder farmers.

A review of participatory plant breeding and lessons for African seed and food sovereignty movements


There is growing awareness of the unique and important role smallholder farmers around the world play in conserving, using and enhancing biodiversity. Conventional breeding has created a separation between farmers and specialised breeders. Participatory plant breeding (PPB) is a field of action developed over the past 25-30 years to overcome this separation, and reunite farmers with breeding activities. The report considers the role of smallholder farmers in plant breeding activities in partnership with formal public sector breeders. This is the core of PPB in practice.

Green Innovation Centre in Zambia: Fighting Hunger through Corporate Supply Chains?


The study “Green Innovation Centre in Zambia: Fighting Hunger through Corporate Supply Chains?” is a joint publication by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and African Centre for Biodiversity. It discusses the Green Innovation Centre (GIC) project of the German government, its approach and its impact. The development concept behind the GIC is farming as a business, focusing on integrating smallholder farmers into commercial value chains. GIZ, the German development agency coordinates the project in Zambia. The GIC’s main interventions in Zambia are on groundnut and soya in the Eastern Province in partnership with COMACO on smallholder integration into value chains and Good Nature Agro on improved seed, and on smallholder integration in the dairy sector in Southern Province with SNV, a Dutch NGO. GIC is one of a number of Green Revolution interventions in Zambia.