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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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How farmers learn from emergent practices than best practices

While many organisations design top-down training and ‘capacity building’ programmes for farmers and rural communities, a recent eMKambo survey has shown that farmers and traders learn more from emergent practices…

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Are we using the right methods to gather agricultural and rural development information?

Policy makers and development partners in Zimbabwe have become accustomed to making decisions on the basis of the annual Crop and Livestock Assessment report as well as the Zimbabwe Vulnerability…

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Can groups really deliver more than individuals?

In many African countries, farmers, traders and ordinary people are often encouraged to form groups as a way of pooling their resources towards achieving their individual goals. Group formation is…

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Why many Zimbabweans no longer care what happens to wheat!

Every food has a curious history. Wheat production was introduced into Zimbabwe as part of industrial agriculture in 1961. It was intensified from 1965 when the then Rhodesian government was…

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Span of seven horticultural crops farmers can juggle in a changing climate

In a rapidly changing climate, smallholder farmers should not stand on one leg but can dance with a span of seven horticultural commodities. If a farmer decides to produce two…

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Of packaging and units of agricultural trade

Units of measurement and packaging have an enormous influence on the value of agriculture commodities in all markets including people’s markets. Many farmers lose or gain depending on packaging and…

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Why Agriculture Markets Deserve Attention Every Day

At any given time, if you walk in Mbare Agriculture market of Harare assessing the value of agriculture commodities, you will see diverse commodities collectively worth more than US$20 million….

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Where TRUST is more than collateral!

A few financial institutions and policymakers are beginning to see what farmers and traders working in the people’s market have known for decades. That TRUST is a key enabler of…

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