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July 29, 2019Knowledge Portal
Aquaponics food production systems

This book provides the authoritative and comprehensive overview of the key aquaculture and hydroponic and other integrated systems, socio-economic and environmental aspects. Aquaponics, which combine aquaculture and vegetable food production offer alternative technology solutions for a world that is increasingly under stress through population growth, urbanisation, water shortages, land and soil degradation, environmental pollution, world hunger and climate change. »

Access to Seeds Index 2019 Synthesis Report
June 17, 2019News
Access to Seeds Index 2019 Synthesis Report

The Access to Seeds Index 2019 Synthesis Report has just been released. It describes the opportunities and progress shown by the seed industry, and highlights the importance of local and regional companies in providing access to seeds for smallholder farmers. Challenges differ in each of the three main regions covered by the index: South and Southeast Asia, in Eastern and Southern Africa, and Western and Central Africa. »

ARF-2 facsheet: Salvaging tomatos from pests in Kenya
June 12, 2019Research project
ARF-2 facsheet: Salvaging tomatos from pests in Kenya

Please download the factsheet with final findings of this Applied Research Fund Call 2 project. »

March 22, 2019Knowledge Portal
Vegetable farming and farmers’ livelihood: Insights from Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

This study investigated whether vegetable farming contributes significantly to the livelihood of farmers by generating cash and providing employment opportunities. The model results indicate a significant positive relationship between vegetable farming and livelihood improvement. »

February 27, 2019Knowledge Portal
Vegetable business and smallholders’ food security: Empirical findings from Northern Ethiopia

This article aims to answer the question is whether market-oriented vegetable production will actually help farmers to become more food secure. The results show that a farmer’s participation in the vegetable business increased significantly with adequate household productive resources, cooperative memberships and access to extension services. While Ethiopia is going ahead with inclusive market-driven approaches to food security, alternative mechanisms must be put in place to address the negative impacts and to empower those living in the most vulnerable conditions. »

February 27, 2019Knowledge Portal
Determinants of the competitiveness of smallholder African indigenous vegetable farmers in high-value agro-food chains in Kenya: A multivariate probit regression analysis

This study aims at determining the main role of households’ capitals, institutional, and access-related factors in conditioning the decision of smallholder farmers of African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) to access pillars of competitiveness in high-value market chains (HVMCs). The results suggest that about two thirds of smallholder AIV farmers had access to at least one pillar of competitiveness in HVMCs. »