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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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How ‘informal’ agriculture markets generate and distribute power!

If you have become accustomed to think of power in terms of electricity or political power, evidence from the people’s market indicate you should think again. ‘Informal’ agriculture markets have…

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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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Why access to the right kinds of food will soon be an election issue in all countries including Zimbabwe.

Imagine a member of parliament earning his/her ticket into parliament on the basis of how s/he articulates food and nutrition issues to consumers. That means looking at potential voters more…

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Why financial institutions need behavioural economics: Lessons from eMKambo Perishable Finance Models

In an effort to lure reluctant financial institutions into the agriculture sector, over the last two years we brokered business relationships between a sample of financial institutions and agriculture commodity…

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The informal agriculture market as dynamite in small packages!

Zimbabwean agriculture has reached a point where almost everyone now knows how to produce maize, sugar beans, tomatoes, cabbages and a diverse range of crops and livestock. However, lack of…

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How indigenous commerce compels financial institutions and other actors to embrace new and smart ways of partnering.

The expanding indigenous commerce phenomenon is rapidly compelling financial institutions to fully understand their potential clients. Part of the reason is that potential clients now have multiple identities (real and…

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Healthy eating – what makes the cabbage special in homes and the market ?

Increasing consumer awareness about healthy eating is one of the reasons cabbage has gained a foothold in Zimbabwean farming areas, markets and households. Consumers from diverse income levels recently shared…

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How every commodity counts in informal agriculture markets !!

In case you always wonder why eMKambo is in the habit of documenting every agriculture commodity in the market no matter how small, there are many reasons. Every commodity including…

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