MALAWI: Incentive Based Contract Farming in Malawi

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The National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) supports more than 100,000 members across 60 associations. NASFAM, the GIZ programme KULIMA More Income and Employment in Rural Areas of Malawi (KULIMA MIERA) and the UK-funded PROSPER Markets project set up an incentive-based contract farming scheme with over 4,500 farmers in Karonga in Malawi’s Northern Region. The scheme aims at […]

SIERRA LEONE: Crops That Are Fighting Poverty

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A Borgen Project article covers several crops that are fighting poverty around the world:  Potatoes in China, cassava in sub-Saharan Africa, rice in Sierra Leone, pearl millet in India and more. …Rice in Sierra Leone: Agriculture accounts for 57% of Sierra Leone’s GDP, with rice reigning as the primary staple crop. However, as of 2011, […]

TANZANIA: Who benefits from climate-friendly agriculture? The marginal returns to a rainfed system of rice intensification in Tanzania

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…technologies that raise farmers’ crop productivity while mitigating risk exposure are particularly valuable. This study assesses the impact of a variant of the system of rice intensification (SRI) on expected yields, yield variance (variability) and yield skewness (exposure to downside risk) in Tanzania. The appeal of the technology lies in its yield-enhancing potential, its low […]