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May 6, 2020Knowledge Portal
Access to markets, weather risk, and livestock production decisions: Evidence from Ethiopa

This study examined whether and how livestock production responds to (access to) markets and varying weather risk and explores whether such responses vary across livelihood zones and livestock production systems. The heterogeneity in responses and impacts of weather risk among farming systems and livelihoods highlights the need for more tailored livestock sector policies and interventions. »

May 4, 2020Knowledge Portal
COVID-19 and smallholder producers’ access to markets

The aim of this brief is to inform on options to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on food and agriculture with attention to smallholders’ access to markets. This brief builds on lessons learned in 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic and during the 2007–2008 global food prices volatility crisis. »

January 20, 2020Knowledge Portal
Money matters: The role of yields and profits in agricultural technology adoption

This article states that despite the growing attention to technology adoption in the economics literature, knowledge gaps remain regarding why some valuable technologies are rapidly adopted, while others are not. This paper contributes to our understanding of agricultural technology adoption by showing that a focus on yield gains may, in some contexts, be misguided. »

ARF-3 final factsheet: Dyegrain project in Benin
November 11, 2019Research project
ARF-3 final factsheet: Dyegrain project in Benin

Please download the final factsheet of the ARF-3 Dyegrain project in Benin, in which the consortium shares its final research findings: farmers have successfully cultivated dye sorghum crop on a commercial basis and Leman Sarl, the private partner, purchased a total of 1800 Kg of fresh leaves for international trade.  »

ARF-3 final factsheet: Project Doyiwé in Benin
November 6, 2019Research project
ARF-3 final factsheet: Project Doyiwé in Benin

Please download the final factsheet of ARF-3 project Doyiwé in Benin, in which the consortium shares its final research findings, serving as guidance for entrepreneurs and policymakers to exploit full potential of existing markets for Kersting’s Groundnut, develop emerging markets for KG and increase awareness in remote markets. »

October 21, 2019Knowledge Portal
Boosting farmer incomes in agricultural supply chains

This review examines how to take major, structural steps forward on farmer income by analysis nine high-performing cases. The review exposed three patterns that help explain the succes of these cases: 1) Greatly strenghtening farmer market position. 2) Businesses playing an important role, but not through business as usual. 3) Tapping into growing domestic markets. »