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July 13, 2020Knowledge Portal
Not only the seed matters: Farmers’ perceptions of sources for banana planting materials in Uganda

This study applied a means-end chain analysis to understand farmers’ perceptions of formal and informal sources of banana planting material. Farmers associated formal sources mainly with improved cultivars, tissue culture plantlets and low levels of diversity. Informal seed sources were mostly associated with traditional cultivars, suckers and high levels of diversity. »

June 15, 2020Knowledge Portal
Legume seed production for sustainable seed supply and crop productivity: case of groundnut in Tanzania and Uganda

This article analyzed the cost structure of improved groundnut seed production to assess viability, using primary data collected from Tanzania and Uganda. Groundnut seed could be provided to farmers in remote communities at an affordable price while still keeping seed producers profitably in business. »

June 11, 2020Knowledge Portal
Land access in the development of horticultural crops in East Africa: A case study of passion fruit in Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda

This research evaluated land access dynamics (availability, acquisition, and use changes) on the introduction of passion fruits in East Africa (Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda). aAdoption of high-value horticultural crops is supported for the increased income of rural farmers in East Africa, however, constraints on land access may limit the achievement of optimum income from the cultivation of these crops. »

June 11, 2020Knowledge Portal
Improved feeding and forages at a crossroads: Farming systems approaches for sustainable livestock development in East Africa

This article argues that farming systems approaches are essential to understand the multiple roles and impacts of forages in smallholder livelihoods. The article shows that improved forages in East Africa are at a crossroads: if adopted by farmers at scale, they can be a cornerstone of pathways toward intensified sustainable livestock systems in East Africa »

June 9, 2020Knowledge Portal
Putting indigenous foods and food systems at the heart of sustainable food and nutrition security in Uganda

This paper documents the importance of indigenous foods and food systems in Uganda in order to inform policies, programmes at the local and national level. There is limited awareness of the potential of indigenous foods to address food and nutrition security, climate change and environmental challenges due to lack of investment to improve yields and markets,  and the perceptions of  it being a poor man’s food. »

June 4, 2020Knowledge Portal
Dairy livestock interventions for food security in Uganda: What are the implications for women’s empowerment?

This study examines how development interventions that target women affect household well‐being, especially food insecurity, empower women, and transform gendered power relations. »