Call for papers: “Enterprise Development and Microfinance” special edition on value chain development in agriculture

Enterprise Development and Microfinance (EDM), a peer-reviewed international journal providing a forum for those involved in designing and running value chain and private sector development programs and microfinance in developing countries, invites researchers and development practitioners to share their unique insights on the topic in the new special edition titled “Value chain development in agriculture: >> Read more

Presentation: Foresight modeling to guide sustainable intensification of smallholder systems

At last week’s international conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, Dolapo Enahoro, agricultural economist  and member of the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight team from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), made a presentation on foresight modeling to guide sustainable intensification of smallholder systems. 

Savouring diversity: supporting community seedbanks in South Africa’s smallholder farming areas

For ages, rural farmers have maintained local seeds, and through them crop biodiversity, using indigenous knowledge passed to them by their ancestors. Farmers select, plant, harvest, clean and store their seeds to feed their families and keep some for the next planting season. They also exchange and share seeds with their neighbors, friends, extended families. >> Read more

Enhancing women’s assets to manage risk under climate change: potential for group-based approaches

PIM’s lead center IFPRI has just released a collections of notes under the project “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches”. The project aims to help poor women farmers and pastoralists in Africa south of the Sahara and South Asia—especially those in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, and Bangladesh—manage risks under >> Read more

African Dairy Value Chain Seminar: lessons, tools, approaches to African dairy development

As we've already reported earlier, in September 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU(CTA) organized a dairy value chain seminar with support from the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and on Livestock and Fish. The main topics of discussion were: African smallholder inclusion into dairy value chains Private-sector >> Read more