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January 29, 2018Knowledge Portal
Developing investment-ready business cases with 4P

This series of three vision papers is based on learnings from the Partnering for Value Project. This project aims to develop best-practices on brokering successful Public-Private-Producer Partnerships (4Ps). The authors believe that such investments will benefit both the enterprises and the smallholder producers. »

December 6, 2017Knowledge Portal
Contracts between smallholders and private firms in Mozambique and their implications on food security

This working paper focuses on the role of contract farming agreements between smallholders and private investors in rural contexts. These contracts can take different forms, but in general are agreements under which producers commit to supply produce to a buyer firm. The focus of this paper is on contracts’ effects on food security in Mozambique. »

November 9, 2017Knowledge Portal
Ten emerging lessons from the African Seed Access Index (TASAI)

This publication shows ten emerging lessons from studies appraising the the structure and economic performance of formal seed sectors in 13 countries. A competitive seed sector is key to ensuring timely availability of high quality seeds of improved, appropriate varieties at affordable prices to smallholder farmers in Africa. »

September 4, 2017Knowledge Portal
Women’s economic empowerment and agribusiness: Opportunities for the gender transformative agenda

This report explains the extent to which donor-supported agribusiness initiatives engage with the gender transformative agenda. A methodology for analyzing agribusiness projects from a gender perspective was developed to review gender-related initiatives at the field level and in project management. »

July 12, 2017Knowledge Portal
Negative evaluation of conservation agriculture: Perspectives from African smallholder farmers

This article explores the reasons why farmers chose not to implement conservation agriculture (CA). Despite more than three decades of promotion, CA has not been widely adopted by smallholder farmer in sub-Saharan Africa. »

June 26, 2017Knowledge Portal
Cultivating opportunities for women in agriculture

This blog explores opportunities for women in agriculture by means of two national surveys of smallholder households in Mozambique and Tanzania. These suggest that women face several barriers, which may prevent them from diversifying their sources of income both within and away from agriculture. »