The value of demand and supply data in agricultural value chains

The value of demand and supply data in agricultural value chains

The value of demand and supply data in agricultural value chains Integrating data on demand and supply of agricultural commodities in both formal and informal markets can reveal interdependencies between diverse agricultural commodities.  For instance, it is through data collection and analysis that policy makers, development agencies and potential investors...Read more
An economy where a dollar generates ten times its value by end of day

An economy where a dollar generates ten times its value by end of day

An economy where a dollar generates ten times its value by end of day The notion of financial inclusion being promoted across Africa assumes financial institutions like banks and the stock market are excluding the majority of people including SMEs from financial systems. On the contrary, having been subjected to...Read more
Some of the trends driving the evolution of digital dashboards

Some of the trends driving the evolution of digital dashboards

  Well before COVID19 showed up, many African governments and development organizations had begun investing in digital dashboards as tools for consolidating and presenting information on their activities. In a digital sense, dashboards try to present comprehensive information in real time as opposed to basing decisions on historical data scattered...Read more
How about helping communities to develop their own collective budgets?

How about helping communities to develop their own collective budgets?

Towards the end of every year, African governments request their departments or ministries to submit budget projections covering activities for the following year.  That information is then consolidated into a national budget. To the extent that process does not involve communities who are supposed to benefit from the national budget,...Read more
From selling raw commodities to product development

From selling raw commodities to product development

In almost all agro-based African economies, there is now consensus that smallholder farmers cannot move out of poverty by producing and selling raw crops directly to the market because that guarantees below average profit. There is no reason why farmers do not engage in farm level value addition closer home,...Read more
A dollar earned now is worth more than a thousand dollars coming late

A dollar earned now is worth more than a thousand dollars coming late

A dollar earned now is worth more than a thousand dollars coming late Smallholder farmers, vendors and traders would rather earn their income daily than wait to be paid after a month. This principle is driven by the nature of challenges faced by these low income earners who constitute the...Read more