How digital platforms are building new norms and group identities

How digital platforms are building new norms and group identities Digital technologies have rightly been credited with building new norms and group identities for people who never knew each other.  Farmers who used to work in isolation across Africa can now easily find themselves meeting new peers in Whatsapp groups. The same applies with traders Read more about How digital platforms are building new norms and group identities[…]

Understanding relationships between African communities and micro climates

Understanding relationships between African communities and micro climates Animals, birds and trees may not speak English, Chewa, Shona, Ndebele, KiSwahili or any other language but they certainly speak several languages which human beings are yet to master. Co-existing with micro climates and forests for generations has exposed many African communities to the secret knowledge and Read more about Understanding relationships between African communities and micro climates[…]

A lion’s share of climate funds must focus on restoring indigenous food systems

A lion’s share of climate funds must focus on restoring indigenous food systems For most developing countries, the COVID19 pandemic has shown the undisputed value of indigenous food. Several communities that had become used to depending on imported food and medicines suddenly discovered they can use lockdowns and restrictions to taste and use indigenous food Read more about A lion’s share of climate funds must focus on restoring indigenous food systems[…]

How COVID19 is an opportunity to revive indigenous knowledge systems

How COVID19 is an opportunity to revive indigenous knowledge systems Academic and classroom-based education systems have suppressed and marginalized indigenous knowledge systems for decades. However, COVID19 has provided opportunities to reverse the dominance of imported academic education and reposition indigenous knowledge systems for contribution to development.  College students and school children whose time was always Read more about How COVID19 is an opportunity to revive indigenous knowledge systems[…]

Remarkable insights from attaching university students in agricultural markets

Remarkable insights from attaching university students in agricultural markets Knowledge Transfer Africa (KTA) has been providing attachment or internship to university students since 2014 in agricultural mass markets where the organization works. Attachment/internship opportunities have been offered to students studying agricultural economics, pure economics, banking &finance, food science, sociology, geography & environmental science, development studies, Read more about Remarkable insights from attaching university students in agricultural markets[…]

To what extent should African countries be obsessed with foreign currency

To what extent should African countries be obsessed with foreign currency? When agro-based African countries embrace a foreign currency mentality, there is a serious danger of marginalizing the majority of economic actors like farmers who do not need foreign currency for their daily needs. It becomes difficult for people to be patriotic about their currency Read more about To what extent should African countries be obsessed with foreign currency[…]

Farming as family businesses and succession pathways

Farming as family businesses and succession pathways What will transform most African economies is not agriculture but agribusiness. Without business models, agriculture is not profitable. That is why smallholder farmers should be supported to operate as family business. Throughout the world, family-run businesses are the oldest and most prevalent form of business ownership. For most Read more about Farming as family businesses and succession pathways[…]

The value of cultivating uniqueness in African food systems

The value of cultivating uniqueness in African food systems Why does African agriculture continue to lack uniqueness? For how long is it going to be all about using the same template to produce the same crops? This would not be happening if the agriculture was not controlled by seed companies who use farmers and farmers’ Read more about The value of cultivating uniqueness in African food systems[…]

Why African food systems need watchdogs and whistle-blowers

Why African food systems need watchdogs and whistle-blowers One of the key lessons from COVID19 for African agro-based economies is the importance of fast and frequent early warning systems. Countries are being forced to think about how early is early? Vulnerability assessments whose results and reports come out after a month or more are no Read more about Why African food systems need watchdogs and whistle-blowers[…]

The high costs of ignoring local knowledge

The high costs of ignoring local knowledge The developed world looks at Africa only as a source of natural resources like land, water, raw materials and labour not a source of knowledge. In the same vein, African governments see rural communities as sources of raw materials and cheap labour, not sources of knowledge. By ignoring Read more about The high costs of ignoring local knowledge[…]