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
Avenues for aligning agriculture with the nutritional needs of citizens

Avenues for aligning agriculture with the nutritional needs of citizens

Avenues for aligning agriculture with the nutritional needs of citizens Pathways for successfully converting rhetoric surrounding nutrition security into reality should include collecting and analysing data from local communities to national levels and markets. Such data can include the volume and value of agricultural commodities flowing from each production versus...Read more
Designer cattle, pigs, goats and poultry are not ideal for rural Africa

Designer cattle, pigs, goats and poultry are not ideal for rural Africa

Designer cattle, pigs, goats and poultry are not ideal for rural Africa Livestock-based development interventions in many African countries have largely focused on replacing local breeds with imported ones. This is in spite of imported cattle, pigs, goats and chickens struggling to survive in dry regions characterized by climate-induced shocks....Read more
Extent to which knowledge is more than literature and digital technology

Extent to which knowledge is more than literature and digital technology

Extent to which knowledge is more than literature and digital technology While mobile phones and related technologies are being touted solutions to the absence of agricultural data in developing countries, such technologies are just tools not knowledge. Tools by themselves will not provide strategic solutions without knowledge. In fact, in...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