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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 »

April 22, 2019Knowledge Portal
The agricultural mechanization in Africa: Micro-level analysis of state drivers and effects

This paper examines the state, drivers and, consequently, the impacts of agricutural mechanization in eleven countries in Africa. Significant drivers of agricultural mechanization include the size of the household and gender of the household head. Agricultural mechanization, significantly increases the amount of cropland cultivated (extensification) and is also accompanied by input intensification especially in countries where land expansion is limited. The findings point to the importance of developing favorable arrangements that would avail mechanization to small and medium scale farmers. »

December 12, 2018Knowledge Portal
Youth employment and the private sector in Africa

Globally, governments, development agencies, and inter-governmental institutions have invested heavily in skills-building interventions seeking to enhance the employability of youths. However, policy actors are becoming more aware of the shortcomings of skills-building interventions, and attention is shifting to focus on how to promote productivity, boost the private sector, and generate the kind of growth that could create jobs. Empirical research on youth employment in the private sector is sparse. This IDS Bulletin begins to fill that gap. »

October 17, 2018Knowledge Portal
Empowering women in integrated crop-livestock farming through innovation platforms: Experience in semi-arid Zimbabwe

This brief proposes that engaging women through innovation platforms in the inclusive processes of technology and market development can accelerate transitions towards greater sustainability, food security, nutrition, education and health. Innovation platforms are important to keep the dialog open. »

September 6, 2018Knowledge Portal
Urban food systems governance and poverty in African cities

This book aims to improve our understanding of the connections between urban poverty, food systems, household food security and governance, by focusing on three cities in sub-Saharan Africa. The book argues that an examination of the food system and food security provides a valuable lens to interrogate urban poverty. »

April 23, 2018Knowledge Portal
The power to exercise choice: Implementing farmers’ rights to eradicate poverty and adapt to climate change

This report describes the main tools and achievements to realize farmers’ rights by empowering indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers to uphold their role in contributing to food security and strengthening their adaptive capacities. The key tool to realize farmers’ rights are farmer field schools. »