CF – Developing scaling up contract farming concepts2018-07-16T14:18:21+00:00

Project Description

Developing Scaling up Contract Farming Concepts

To achieve a broad impact — i.e. being relevant, achieving quality, quantity and sustainability — a number of factors need to be taken into consideration.

Processes for scaling up

Relevance: Reaching the full the potential of inclusive contract farming to contribute to rural economic transformation.

Quality: Setting up viable inclusive contract farming schemes and using qualified trainers, consultants, coaches.

Quantity: Cascading of capacity development measures to reach large numbers of beneficiaries.

Sustainability: Institutional embedding, efficient networking, broad change management.

Scaling up is highly complex

Success factors for scaling up

  1. Scaling up as an integral part of programme planning: A realistic concept for scaling up and an exit strategy need to be in place
  2. Ownership by key stakeholders: Contract farming business partners need to commit to institutionalise existing structures
  3. Multilevel approach: At micro, meso, macro and meta levels
  4. Proof of impacts: Inclusive contract farming actors need to provide and evidence of the impacts achieved
  5. Horizontal and functional scaling up, standards and manuals: Quality needs to be assured at field level and throughout the scaling process
  6. Vertical scaling up and institutionalisation (structures and incentive mechanisms): Partners need to be motivated and enabled to drive and carry on scaling processes
  7. Communication and networking: Pertinent stakeholders need to be informed, convinced and involved, networking and backstopping is necessary
  8. Time horizon and financing: Broad impact requires sufficient time and resources as well as a clear exit strategy


facilitating GIZ contract farming methodology

Find out more on how GIZ works with
different aspects of contract farming

How does contract farming work?
How GIZ promotes contract farming
Joint action is based on the commitment of programmes and sector projects
Diverse contract farming approaches used in programmes


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