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May 28, 2019Knowledge Portal
Farmer-led seed systems have the capacity to delivery quality seed

This technical brief aims to examine the quality of farmer-produced seeds that smallholder farmers use for planting in Zimbabwe. Smallholder farmers in eastern Zimbabwe have the capacity to produce sorghum seed that matches formal seed certification standards. This emphasises the need for relevant stakeholders to recognise and promote the resilience of farmer-led seed systems »

May 28, 2019Knowledge Portal
Role of land access in youth migration and youth employment decisions: Empirical evidence from rural Nigeria

The paper examines the role of land access in youth migration and employment decisions in Nigeria.The size of expected land inheritance is significantly and negatively associated with long distance migration and migration to urban areas. Rural-to-urban migration and the likelihood of youth involvement in the dual economy is more responsive to the size of the expected land inheritance for less educated youth. »

May 20, 2019Knowledge Portal
Climate and livestock policy coherence analysis in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda

This working paper examines 40 climate, agriculture, livestock, development, land, and environment policies across Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda for strength and coherence in addressing livestock sector adaptation and mitigation. he countries are clearly working to integrate livestock climate change strategies into climate and other policy areas, although at times with limited detail and coherence. . In terms of mitigation in the livestock sector, examples of robust strategies are more limited. »

May 16, 2019Knowledge Portal
Base of the pyramid marketing and distribution

This thematic paper focusses on marketing and distribution to the base of the pyramid (BoP) and the way of working of this approach. Instead of looking at the product, price, place and promotion (4Ps), the program focusses on acceptability, affordabililty, awareness and availability (4As). »

February 18, 2019
Cost and benefit analysis for climate-smart soil practices in Western Kenya

The study aimed to assess costs and benefits of selected climate-smart soil (CSS) practices as a step toward understanding whether they are beneficial or not – both from private and social points of view – for farmers. The results indicate implementing CSS practices yield positive outcomes. However, expected the cost of implementation and maintenance varies by practices. »

January 21, 2019Knowledge Portal
Review: Role of herbivores in sustainable agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

This paper reviews the state of knowledge of the role of herbivores in sustainable intensification of key farming systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. In SSA, the integration of livestock into farming systems is important for sustainable agriculture as the recycling of nutrients for crop production through returns of animal manure is a central element of the dominant mixed crop-livestock systems. The pathways to sustainable agriculture in SSA include intensification of production and livelihood diversification. »