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January 9, 2018Knowledge Portal
African leafy vegetables: A review of status, production and utilization in South Africa

This article documents the state of utilization and production of African leafy vegetables (ALVs) in South Africa. ALVs are mostly gathered from the wild, with few selected species being cultivated, usually as part of a mixed cropping system in home gardens or smallholder plots. »

December 20, 2017Knowledge Portal
Pathway analysis of vegetable farming commercialization

This article analyzes factors that determine farmers’ intention to commercialize vegetable farming; and the effect of commercialization on farmers’ income in four major vegetable producing regions of Eastern Indonesia. Results indicate that commercial vegetable farming provides economic advantage in terms of increased income and benefits for the whole rural community. »

July 17, 2017Knowledge Portal
Agricultural commercialisation: Where it’s hot and where it’s not

This blog scrutinizes the link between the level of commercialization of a local economy and youth inclusiveness. Greater agricultural commercialization, through engagement with value chains, is seen by many as the only viable way forward for small-scale farmers in Africa. However, how this commercialization is influencing the opportunities of rural young people is hardly investigated. »

January 11, 2017Knowledge Portal
Benefits to smallholders? Evaluating the world food programme’s purchase for progress pilot

This article, published in the Global Food Security journal, examines the impacts of the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP’s) Purchase for Progress (P4P) program on smallholder farmers in Tanzania. P4P is a multi-year, multi-country pilot that sought to improve smallholder farmer wellbeing through a combination of food purchases from farmer organizations and supply-side interventions. »

July 4, 2016Knowledge Portal
Millets value chain for nutritional security: A replicable success model from India

This book explores how the millet value chain can improve nutritional security. It demonstrates a successful and sustainable model for value addition to millets from production to consumption. The authors outline practical interventions to revive the demand for millets as a convenient and nutritive option for consumers, whilst presenting a reliable model that can be adapted for the development of other commodities. »

June 20, 2016Knowledge Portal
What do we mean by ‘women’s crops’? A mixed methods approach

This ICRISAT study aimed to revisit this issue of gender and commercialization of crops. They developed a ‘women’s crop tool’ that measures how much control women have over different crops. This tool was used to compare women’s perceived level of control at different stages of commercialization and to compare the perceptions of men and women regarding women’s control. »