Most rural households in the developing world rely on subsistence farming for food security but, increasingly, agriculture is also the main income source for these vulnerable groups. Inclusive agribusiness seeks to benefit these low income farmers by engaging them in an agribusiness or an agribusiness ecosystem - improving their productivity and helping them to reach profitable and secure markets.
However, these farmers may lack the skills or resources to really benefit from this…Continue
Posted on June 27, 2013 at 9:00
Whilst working in agricultural development in Malawi I find that the same two questions keep on coming up again and again: ‘I want to source commodity directly from smallholder, how can I do this??’ ‘Smallholders are getting a raw deal, how can they sell directly to companies and get better market prices??’…Continue
Posted on June 6, 2013 at 14:00
Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:35
In June last year I went to Lusaka, the Zambian capital, for the first time. One of the pieces of work I was to complete was a value chain analysis of the charcoal industry along one of the supply routes into Lusaka.
Having seen the destructive power of the charcoal trade first hand in Malawi I was interested to see how the situation compared in neighbouring Zambia. In Malawi, the charcoal trade is illegal and yet over 13% of total forest cover has been lost in the past decade leaving…Continue
Posted on January 22, 2013 at 11:00