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
How agricultural markets are largely misunderstood

How agricultural markets are largely misunderstood

How agricultural markets are largely misunderstood When policy makers, development agencies, the private sector and ordinary people talk about agricultural markets, they rarely talk about consumer power.  There is often too much emphasis on producers, financing, cold chain, transportation, value addition and processing, yet all these are meaningless if efforts...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
Reversing the infiltration of indigenous agricultural knowledge Systems

Reversing the infiltration of indigenous agricultural knowledge Systems

Reversing the infiltration of indigenous agricultural knowledge Systems Building reliable markets and strengthening the adaptive capacity of farmers should include bold actions to reverse the infiltration of indigenous knowledge by imported knowledge systems. While indigenous knowledge systems are being diluted and fractured at several levels, the most glaring example is...Read more
Avenues for energizing commitment in African agricultural transformation

Avenues for energizing commitment in African agricultural transformation

Avenues for energizing commitment in African agricultural transformation Failure to implement agricultural policies by many African countries stems from processes through which such policies are developed. When different stakeholders do not adequately participate in the process of developing a national agricultural policy, their commitment in terms of technical and financial...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