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How African farmers are dealing with bad news brought by COVID19

How African farmers are dealing with bad news brought by COVID19

How African farmers are dealing with bad news brought by COVID19 From the Masaai livestock owners in Kenya failing to access veterinary products to farmers in Lupane district of Zimbabwe…

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Building appetite for empirical guidance in developing countries

Building appetite for empirical guidance in developing countries

Building appetite for empirical guidance in developing countries Besides health-related statistics like COVID19 cases, number of those recovering and number of the deceased, most countries lack data and statistics related…

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To what extent should African agriculture continue to be extension-driven?

To what extent should African agriculture continue to be extension-driven?

To what extent should African agriculture continue to be extension-driven? In much of Africa there is an age-old assumption that agriculture has to be driven by extension. This is visible…

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Some deeper questions COVID19 is inviting African countries to answer

Some deeper questions COVID19 is inviting African countries to answer

The COVID19 pandemic continues to invite developing countries to consider both hard and soft data when making decisions. Hard data refers to numbers and facts in addition to concrete statements…

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The knowledge brokering role of transporters in African food systems

The knowledge brokering role of transporters in African food systems

Beyond transporting commodities from production zones to markets, transporters have a much more important knowledge brokering role in African food systems. Transporters are unique informants who get information from diverse…

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To what extent does the market inform production decisions?

In the course of working with African mass markets, eMKambo continues to notice several nuances that inform the production of different agricultural commodities, among other patterns. A recent study focused…

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Once existing structures are strengthened information can easily flow from the grassroots

One of the main problems in African countries is the absence of systems for collecting data and information in ways that take advantage of existing structures from the grassroots to…

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Why each African country should have a ministry responsible for indigenous foods, medicines, arts, culture and sports

To the extent combinations of food systems, arts, culture and sports can be a full expression of national identity, the African Union should ensure every African country has a government…

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The power of clear role definition in African food systems

COVID-19 has revealed the importance of understanding roles of different actors in Africa’s food systems. When roles and responsibilities are unclear, smallholder farmers are exposed to conmen.  For instance, in…

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Reimagining a new socio-economic fabric for African informal economies

Lockdowns as a major method for containing COVID-19 has undoubtedly destroyed social fabrics that sustain most low income economies. While governments have tried to soften the pandemic’s blow by providing…

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