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The analysis is based on a mixed methods approach. The approach is comprised of a quantitative survey among local manufacturers; a qualitative mapping exercise, called net-maps (Schiffer & Hauck, 2010) among local manufactures and other stakeholders, which helps identify key actors and bottlenecks; and key informant interviews with stakeholders that are important for the success of local manufacturers, such as representatives from farmers and industry associations, regulatory bodies, financial institutions, and training institutions. The report provide policy recommendations on how to make local manufacturers thrive and increase their competitiveness, vis-à-vis machinery imports. The report identifies opportunities of mechanization policy and investments to increase productivity, incomes, and employment opportunities and value addition to African produce.

This study was published as FARA Research Report 6 (01): Pp 125.