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Small-scale Maize Seed Production in West and Central Africa:Profitability, Constraints and Options

"Seed can play a critical role in increasing agricultural productivity. Seed has been described as an essential, strategic, and relatively inexpensive input that often determines the upper limit of crop yields and the productivity of all other agr...

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa Modernisation of Smallholder Agriculture and Policy Making in Uganda

"Agriculture is the backbone of Uganda’s economy and an important driver of economic development and poverty reduction. Approximately 73% of Ugandans depend on agriculture. However, the sector currently faces many multifaceted challenges which in...

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa Smallholder Agriculture And Advocacy Groups In Tanzania

"Stepping out of the hope of freedom and into the arms of the free market, many sub-Saharan African countries, including Tanzania, took on the liberalisation and privatisation packages of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the e...

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa Agricultural Policy-Making in Kenya

"This study examines the historical and current performance of the smallholder sector in Kenya. It analyses some of the strategies smallholders and their allies have forged to respond to the diminishing government budgetary allocations to the sect...

Agricultural Productivity, Climate Change and Smallholder Farmer’s Entrepreneurship:A Case Study of the Central and Western Regions of Liberia

"The principal objective of the study is to assess the extent to which agricultural productivity and climate change impact affect smallholder farmers’ entrepreneurship in Western and Central Regions of Liberia. The specific objectives are: to dete...

Value Addition in Coffee Industry in Kenya: Lessons from Cut Flower Sector

"This paper analyzes the activities and distribution of value added in coffee and cut flower sectors value chains. The performance of the coffee sector has been declining since late 1980s, a complete contrast to the fast growth of cut flower indus...

Polarisation des Activités économiques et Restauration des Zones Humides : une Analyse Coûts -Bénéfices Appliquée à la région du lac Tchad / Polarization of Economic Activities and Restoration of Wetlands: an Analysis of Cost-benefits applied to the Regio

"The draining of 90% of the area of Lake Chad has led the riparian States to develop a waters transfer project from the Ubangi River to Lake Chad. As for any project, an economic analysis is however necessary to justify the desirability of its imp...

Strategic Options for Small-scale Maize Seed System Development in West and Central Africa

"Seed can play a critical role in increasing agricultural productivity. It is an essential, strategic and an inexpensive input that often determines crop yields and the productivity of all other agricultural inputs. Taking into consideration the ...

Women Entrepreneurship in Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (WEFFV) Project

"The production and marketing of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (FFV) has become an important economic activity for women in Zimbabwe for their livelihoods, income earning and food security. This brief discusses the factors that affect women’s competi...

Value Addition in the Coffee Industry in Kenya: Lessons from the Cut Flower Sector

"The cut flower industry in Kenya is characterised by a number of features which result in the relatively large proportion of value added accruing to farmers. The vertically integrated value chain enables the sector to adjust and respond quickly ...

Impact du Capital Humain sur la Productivité et la Pauvreté dans le Secteur Agricole au Cameroun / Impact of Human Capital on Productivity and Poverty in the Agricultural Sector in Cameroon

"The primary objective of this research work is to evaluate the impact of human capital on productivity and poverty. The methodology required is divided into three steps : the first is, on the one hand, to measure inequality of access in public he...

Taping Export Opportunities for Horticulture Products in Tanzania : Do We Have Supporting Policies and Institutional Frameworks?

This study therefore focuses on assessing the export potential for four major categories of horticultural crops namely fresh vegetables, flowers, fruits and spices. The main objective is to present a synopsis of the status of the export sub-sector...

Small and Medium Enterprises and Devolved Government System: an Assessment of the Regulatory and Institutional Challenges Affecting the SMEs Development in Kenya

"According to the UNCTAD Secretary General in 2006, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered as sources of employment, competition, economic dynamism, and innovation. SMEs have the capacity to achieve rapid economic growth, while generat...

On Africa's Farms

On Africa’s Farms, is an eBook that compiles articles published in the Mail & Guardian Africa. They are a result of Trust Africa’s partnership with the Nairobi-based news organization which seeks to enhance coverage of development issues. Tendai M...

A Multi-Stakeholder Convening on: Strengthening Smallholder Agriculture in Africa: Prospects for Mobilisation and Advocacy

Papers were presented by researchers who are involved in small holder agriculture policy analysis on the broad context of smallholder agriculture in national economies and in rural livelihoods. In linking smallholder agriculture with broader e...

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