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Climate change in Southern Africa: Information is power

Since becoming a farmer in 2001, Phineas Muyabi from Chibombo District in Zambia has struggled to produce enough food for his family to eat. Droughts have destroyed his crops and, as a result, his family has had to rely upon food aid. This year, however, Muyabi is benefiting from CTA’s regional flagship project for Southern Africa, ‘Scaling up Climate Smart Agricultural Solutions for Cereal and Livestock Farmers’.

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For farming fortune, dial mAgri

A Botswanan start-up is breaking the barriers to digital technologies for rural smallholder farmers. Brastorne Enterprises, a winner of CTA’s 2016 Pitch AgriHack competition, operates a mobile platform called mAgri to improve farmers’ access to information, markets and finance.

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Blog articles

Adopting climate-smart agricultural innovations in Southern Africa: Knowledge alone is not enough

 Mariam Kadzamira
by Mariam Kadzamira

Some say that knowledge is power. In the knowledge age, information and ideas are touted as raw materials that are as important as other tangible resources such as land, labour and money. In the agriculture sector, this is also true, with information playing key roles in farmer adaptation and resilience building. But recent experiences from a field project to upscale climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in Southern Africa show that by itself, knowledge of proven climate smart agricultural innovation is not enough to ensure farmer uptake.

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Farmer organisations promote youth entrepreneurship – Lessons from Zimbabwe

Farmer organisations have a key role to play in encouraging youth to stay in the agricultural sector, and pursue agro-based livelihoods. Crucially, they have strong potential in helping young people to become thriving agripreneurs, through the provision of training and opportunities to develop their skills, as well as by linking youth to key players in the agricultural value chain.

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ZFU-Econet Wireless bilateral partnership in Zimbabwe

Southern Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change because smallholder subsistence farmers rely almost entirely on rainfed farming. Weather patterns such as drought, floods and erratic rainfall therefore have a significant impact on the food security and incomes of a largely poor population with little capacity to adapt.

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Multilateral partnerships for climate-smart cereal solutions in Zambia

A multilateral partnership in Zambia has profiled and digitally registered 35,000 farmers for ICT-enabled extension and advisory services, including a system which sends agronomic information and weather updates to their mobile phones. Mrs. Mweene, a farmer from Kapiri Mposhi District in Zambia, explains that “the messages remind farmers how to spray their animals, how to manage the fields and how to store harvested grains.”

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Opinion articles

in Spore Opinion article

Farmers must be involved in the solutions offered by data sharing

Many governments and donor agencies, as well as the private sector work to solve the myriad of challenges smallholder farmers in Africa face every day, including, but not limited to, access to markets and agronomic support. More progress could be made, however, if the farmers themselves were invited to play a role in tackling their own problems – and mobile technology could be a way to make this happen.

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in Spore Opinion article

The 4th P: Experiences from the 4P approach and partnership brokering

The majority of food and other agricultural outputs worldwide are produced by smallholder farmers, but they often have problems participating in profitable value chains. Power and information are divided asymmetrically between partners. Producers are often not sure if there will be buyers next season and what the current market prices are, while buyers are not sure that producers will keep their commitment to supply the agreed quantities at the expected quality.

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in Spore Opinion article

The future farmer: disrupting agriculture

Right now, in Southern Africa, there are a lot of young farmers that are doing great things, they are ambitious with an appetite to grow, and want to achieve this growth through the creation of profitable agribusinesses that will deliver the same quality of life as other professions. They are just not visible. What we see at events like the recent African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which took place in Abidjan between 4th-8th September 2017, is just a microcosm of a larger pool of agripreneurs.

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Background articles

Channeling Africa's water resources to build resilience

 Caspar Van Vark
by Caspar Van Vark

Relying solely on rain-fed agriculture limits farmers’ ability to improve yields and income. Irrigation can unlock their potential, but it requires a combination of technology, finance and support.

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in Knowledge management (EC) Analysis

Receitas para o Desenvolvimento

Com as feiras e demonstrações simulou-se o que é possível executar em casa, com os alimentos disponíveis e/ou fáceis de serem produzidos no próprio quintal ou na machamba. Com efeito, depois das aulas se nota uma mudança de atitude, tanto na diversificação do cardápio como no número crescente de hortas caseiras. E estes são só dois exemplos.

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in Spore Analysis

Can blockchain plug Africa’s agri-finance gap?

A group of partners are developing a blockchain-powered ecosystem across Africa that they say will boost investment into agricultural infrastructure, allow smallholder farmers to borrow more cheaply and stimulate consumer activity in rural economies.

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in Financial management and infrastructure Analysis

Gelo e poupança

Início do século 21: A falta de registo não significa necessariamente incapacidade de escrever por parte de membros das comunidades de pesca e de comercialização do pescado. Em muitos casos, não percebem a necessidade de o fazer. Similarmente, a resistência em relação à evisceração e ao uso correcto do gelo pode ser por questões de cultura e de hábitos de consumo. Talvez porque nos anos passados, sem corrente eléctrica, não houvesse condições de conservação…

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News articles

Our priority is to empower women in the value chain

Fayelle Ouane – managing director of SUGUBA, which is working to boost entrepreneurship in Francophone West Africa – explains why her company aims to unleash the entrepreneurial talent of youth and women.

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in Spore News

Closing the agri-finance gap for women

Improving rural women’s access to finance represents an untapped business opportunity for financial service providers prepared to tailor products to meet their needs and to find innovative ways to overcome social and logistical hurdles.

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in Spore News

Going organic for chilli sauce in Zambia

Smallholder farmers across Zambia are supplying a local agri-processing company with organically-grown chilli and garlic to produce pesticide-free condiments for sale across the country, and southern Africa at large.

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Interviews

Creating shared values for companies, society and the environment

Richard McNally highlights the role to be played by private sector investment in the growth of climate-smart value chain

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Farming is a business, not just a way of life

Nana Adjoa Sifa Amponsah is the initiator of Guzakuza, a social enterprise empowering young women to create jobs, wealth and food security. As a graduate and agripreneur herself, Amponsah is on a mission to transform the mind set of young women to start considering agriculture as a business.

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Noi Paulina Selepe / Lesotho: Strength in numbers in Lesotho

When 29-year-old livestock farmer Noi Paulina Selepe launched her agribusiness, she realised it was too small to supply her country’s fast-growing market for chicken meat. Nothing daunted, this enterprising young woman, decided to call on other poultry farmers to join her – increasing overall output and helping her fellow producers to earn extra income in the process.

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Data Reports

Zoona – innovative mobile finance

In a society that is largely financially excluded, what role do mobile financial platforms play in enhancing farmers’ capacity to improve their livelihoods?

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in Spore Field report

Integrating poultry and poultry feed

The biggest feed mill in Malawi, Central Poultry Feeds (CP Feeds), was established over 14 years ago. As well as feed production, the company is also involved in interrelated activities, including poultry rearing, and dairy and beef cattle production.

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Scientific Articles

Drumming up support for agriculture

 Helen Castell
by Helen Castell

A crowdfunding platform and an agriculture-focused non-profit offer their advice on how to navigate the crowdfunding process successfully, and what they would do differently.

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Events

Transforming Africa’s agriculture: Eyes in the sky, smart techs on the ground

Recognising the opportunities offered by the drone-based systems, in 2016 CTA partnered with leading private sector operators, and assisted African ICT start-ups in acquiring the capacity to deliver UAS services in the framework of this project known as 'Transforming Africa’s agriculture: Eyes in th...

Increasing Dairy Productivity and incomes for smallholder farmers, and youth enterprise development in the Dairy sector East and Southern Africa (DAIRYPROFIT)

The East African region produces 68% of the continent’s milk output, with Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania among the biggest dairy producers. Smallholder milk production accounts for up to 80% of milk produced in the region; most of this milk (80%) is marketed raw, through a ‘warm’ chain (raw mi...