Book synopsis: Innovation for inclusive value-chain development: Successes and challenges

Innovation for inclusive value-chain development: Successes and challenges, a forthcoming book edited by André Devaux, Maximo Torero, Jason Donovan, and Douglas Horton and published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) draws on research on agricultural innovation, rural livelihoods, value chains, and contract farming in different geographic, social, economic, and institutional contexts to identify several common themes >> Read more

What do we mean by ‘women’s crops’?

“Women’s crops” is a familiar feature in writing about smallholder agriculture in Africa south of the Sahara. Although not always easy to define, they generally refer to crops grown by women for home consumption rather than for sale. The growth of domestic and regional markets has opened new opportunities for commercializing these crops. This is >> Read more

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