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

 

Plowing for Profits

Plowing for Profits

TechnoServe's 2015 Annual Report shared several stories of our impact on our beneficiaries' lives, including the story of Abu Adam, a successful agricultural entrepreneur in Ghana.

TechnoServe Partnership Named Finalist for P3 Impact Award

TechnoServe Partnership Named Finalist for P3 Impact Award

An innovative partnership to boost fruit farmers’ incomes in East Africa has been named a top five finalist for the P3 Impact award, which honors model public-private partnerships.

Overcoming Obstacles to Business in Africa

Overcoming Obstacles to Business in Africa

The Economist examines the opportunities and obstacles for enterprising people in Africa – and highlights TechnoServe’s work to bolster young entrepreneurs.