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How do we stop financial inclusion from becoming financial slavery

Financial inclusion has become one of the buzzwords in many African countries including Zimbabwe.  It is as if financial institutions, development agents and policy makers have suddenly discovered the need…

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Why producers should always get a clear view of the competitive landscape

While African countries seem to be encouraging their farmers to produce for exporting to developed countries, those countries are looking at African countries as their customers. Competition has become so…

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How agriculture markets are more than just memorizing facts and figures

A close look at informal agriculture markets across Africa shows they thrive on implicit knowledge that cannot be manipulated through software or codified into a manual. Cooperation is the default…

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Principles of demand-driven agricultural practice

A significant portion of billions of dollars that have gone into agriculture in developing countries have been absorbed by supply-driven information systems.  With each organization beating its own drum, tons…

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Making knowledge needs visible through agricultural markets

One of the biggest challenges besetting African smallholder agriculture is the fact that agricultural knowledge is invisible. By looking at a farmer or a trader, you cannot tell what knowledge these…

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Why calls for proposals are not ideal for African agriculture and rural development

Over the past few years, calls for proposals have become the main instrument used by development organisations to support agriculture and rural development initiatives in African countries. Besides setting the…

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