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How agriculture markets can pinpoint knowledge gaps

Until feedback starts flowing from the market, farmers may not know what they need to know. Knowledge about production is now fairly easy to find. Who doesn’t know how to…

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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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How and why data should underpin transition from subsistence to commercial agriculture

The majority of African smallholder farmers still produce for household consumption before thinking about the market. Moving from a subsistence to a commercial mind-set will take more than repeating what…

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Why African agriculture requires a market-based rapid response system

In almost every African country, smallholder farmers have problems dealing with external and internal factors that affect agriculture as a business. This is one area where the market can act…

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Nine silent trends that are shaping Zimbabwean agriculture

While tobacco production has attracted more than 100 000 growers over the past few years, the following trends have been silently underway during the same period: Competition has been intensifying…

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