Beyond the Farm: Transforming a Market System
February 05, 2013
In a guest blog post for the Guardian, our own Simon Winter writes about the need to adopt a broad-based approach to agricultural development.
In a guest blog post for the Guardian, TechnoServe Senior Vice President for Development Simon Winter writes about the need to adopt a broad-based approach to agricultural development. Rather than just focusing on productivity, Simon writes, the best way to support the developing world’s smallholder farmers is to address whole industries.
What happens at the farm level is important, and farmers need access to knowledge that can enhance productivity, inputs and tools. But to create sustainable growth in agricultural industries, that can provide opportunities for increasing economic benefits for farmers now and in the future, we need to take a broader approach to development that targets the entire market system.
What does this look like in real life? The African cashew industry offers a compelling example. The cashew industry has been transformed over the past decade, first in Mozambique, and subsequently in West Africa, with the leadership and support of TechnoServe.
From conducting a rigorous market analysis to expansion and replication, Simon details the steps that have transformed the cashew industry. Read the full post on the Guardian Professional blog.
Related Blog Posts
In central Kenya, the Kambiti East Mango Self Help Group is using clean energy drying technology to reduce post-harvest waste and access new markets for a stronger community economy.
Five years after completing a project to improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers in Rwanda and Ethiopia, TechnoServe asked researchers to return to participating communities and evaluate our lasting impact.
After struggling to make ends meet on her tomato farm, Cicily partnered with TechnoServe to start growing the more resilient Kilele tomato and implement best farming practices, allowing her to increase profits and open her own store.