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How to tackle the challenges for seed system changes?
June 28, 2019Knowledge activity
How to tackle the challenges for seed system changes?

Farmers (f/m) in Ethiopia and in other low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) often have difficulty getting the improved seeds they need to raise the productivity of their crops or livestock, the climate resilience and the profitability of their business. These seeds may be available in public research institutes or with private breeders, but do not reach the farmers. This was the topic of a high-level multi-stakeholder workshop in the context of the NL-CGIAR Strategic Partnership, which generated lots of insights and new ideas for collaboration. »

February 20, 2019Knowledge Portal
Mechanized: Transforming Africa’s agriculture value chains

This report summarizes findings of a systematic analysis of what countries at the forefront of progress in mechanization have done right. Targeted efforts and interventions are needed to promote mechanization in each segment of the value chain and at scale. This leverages the potential of agriculture to drive growth and employment, particularly in rural economies. »

January 10, 2019Knowledge Portal
The climate-smart agriculture papers: Investigating the business of a productive, resilient and low emission future

This book shares new data relating to Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), with emphasis on experiences in Eastern and Southern Africa to answer key questions on the following five topic areas: (1) Climate impacts; (2) Climate-smart varieties; (3) Farm management; (4) Value chains; and (5) Scaling up. The papers illustrate, among other things, how practitioners can access free online tools,how new varieties of crops or better soil management can help farmers adapt; how information networks or entrepreneurial training can help the spread of promising technologies; how private-sector firms can promote CSA; and how farmer-to-farmer training can help bring CSA to scale. »

Report of
November 15, 2018Research project
Report of “Business Symposium Day”

In September 2018, the ARF project AGRI-QUEST partnered with Makerere University Business School in organizing the 23rd Annual International Management Conference. AGRI-QUEST co-organized and coordinated the conference’s “Business Symposium Day” where the project presented their outcomes to a wide audience.  »

November 12, 2018Knowledge Portal
Nutrition-sensitive value chains: A guide for project design

This publication aims to fill a key knowledge gap in the merging field of value chains for nutrition by providing guidance on how to design nutrition-sensitive value chain (NSVC) projects, with a particular focus on smallholder producers. NSVC project aims to alleviate the constraints identified in the supply and demand of specific foods in order to address the nutrition problem of the target beneficiaries. »

September 7, 2018Knowledge Portal
Postharvest losses and their determinants: A challenge to creating a sustainable cooking banana value chain in Uganda

This paper utilizes cross-sectional data to determine the extent and factors that are influencing postharvest losses in the cooking-banana value chain in Uganda. Household headship, household size, proportion of land allocated to banana production, and monthly banana production are the principal determinants of PHL. »