Helping communities to benefit from their information and knowledge

Helping communities to benefit from their information and knowledge Marginalized communities and farmers always find it difficult to access relevant and reliable information. Their capacity to objectively assess that information is also inadequate. The situation is worse during the marketing season when information overload increases especially from different buyers competing to portray themselves as offering […]

Decolonizing African Food Systems Has Never Been So Urgent

Decolonizing African Food Systems Has Never Been So Urgent African countries have remained stuck in colonial food systems and structures where grain silos, abattoirs, processing centres and other important food handling facilities are located in cities. By now, silos and processing facilities should have been established at community level, close to production zones. Why should […]

Scope for pushing knowledge boundaries by domesticating indigenous foods

Scope for pushing knowledge boundaries by domesticating indigenous foods Good rainfall seasons across Africa are not only characterized by abundance of domesticated crops and livestock but an increase in availability of non-domesticated natural food resources. Such resources range from edible insects to indigenous fruits, tubers, vegetables, mushrooms and small indigenous animals. While some are prevalent […]

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 can see the relationship between […]

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 are not devoted to understanding […]