published on Land and Poverty Conference 2019: Catalyzing Innovation, March 25-29, 2019, Washington, DC
Agricultural growth corridors - geographically bounded areas along a central transport line that receive intensive agricultural investments - are a recent approach to economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. They figure prominently in several national development strategies in the region. Agricultural growth corridors combine agricultural policies with agrobusiness and infrastructure investments. Since they are usually planned and managed as strategic private-public-partnerships, they promise to bring together expertise, funding and coordination that are usually dispersed and aim to benefit from multiple synergies that arise. There are, however, huge pitfalls to be overcome from agricultural corridor approaches, including social exclusion, land grabbing and ecological stress. The paper provides empirical evidence from the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). We derive a set of policy recommendations based on our joint findings.