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Rainy seasons show how developing countries struggle with preserving food

While rainfall can easily be associated with high agricultural production, in many African countries abundant rains also come with enormous damage to food that has already been produced. At least…

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Overcoming misconceptions about involving users in creating knowledge

One of the most enduring misconceptions in developing countries is the notion that if farmers and rural people are not involved in creating knowledge they will not adopt what comes…

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Lessons from how informal markets keep agricultural knowledge fresh

Just as agriculture markets prefer fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and other commodities, knowledge on all these commodities should also be kept fresh. It is through regular visits to the…

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Some of the reasons why small grains continue to resist winner take all commercialization

From Mali to Zimbabwe and South Africa to Southern Sudan, small grains remain an integral part of mainstream local food systems.  There are many reasons why small grains continue to…

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