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
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

Addictive tendencies associated with food and knowledge in developing countries

When consumers can no longer do without cassava, nsima/sadza, matoke, tomato, beans, peas, among other foods, it could be an indication that the consumers have become addicted. Such addictive tendencies may have little to do with the food being a staple or a necessity. The way profit-oriented seed companies and...Read more

Asking and answering fundamental questions through informal markets

Street markets or roadside food markets have remained a permanent feature in most developing countries. The fact that these markets continue to flourish alongside emerging shopping malls shows they occupy a unique position in commercial activities.  Informal markets were previously designed for disadvantaged, low income households with ad hoc incomes...Read more