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Cyriaque Hakizimana, May 2012

Cyriaque Hakizimana

Researcher

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Research Focus:

The role of agriculture in rural development and economic transformation

Biography:

Cyriaque Hakizimana joined PLAAS in April 2012. His training is in poverty reduction approaches and his research interest include agricultural development in Africa with special focus on the role of agriculture in fostering a broad-based, inclusive and sustainable rural development. Before joining PLAAS, he was involved in various research activities in the school of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, including researching a Profile of Subjective Poverty in South Africa and UThukela Water Project (a partnership initiative between the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Water Dialogue South Africa).

At present, he is involved in a study that investigates how agriculture can support a diverse local economy through multipliers that allow sustainable and broad based growth. While some analysts have long emphasised the links between the local agricultural production and employment, the nature of these links and how to foster them are still poorly understood. It is often assumed that agricultural growth will automatically translate into non-farm employment growth by increasing the farmers’ and farm workers’ income that, in turn, leads to the increase of the local demand for locally produced goods and services. This is not always the case as some factors are required for the agricultural growth to foster employment. These include, among others, the spatial organization of production, processing and marketing, and the nature of the value chains that link farmers to local and distant markets, as consumers and as producers. The most important dynamic that really needs a special attention relates to how farm and non-farm employment are linked to near and distant markets by the nature and functioning of upstream and downstream value chains, which coordinate economic activity in ways that go well beyond abstract market. These issues are very important for agricultural policy and rural development and will continue to form the core of Cyriaque's research work in the future.

Qualifications:

Masters in Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Publications:

Hakizimana, C. and May, J. (2011) Agriculture and poverty reduction: a critical assessment of the economic impact of the avocado industry on smallholder farmers in Giheta - Burundi. Research Report 89. Durban: School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu Natal.