African markets are more than meeting places for buyers and sellers

African markets are more than meeting places for buyers and sellers Contrary to the formal definition of a market as a meeting place for buyers and sellers, an African market is more than a physical meeting place for farmers and traders. Some of its most important roles include food distribution, supporting rural development and ensuring Read more about African markets are more than meeting places for buyers and sellers[…]

Why price information on fresh food commodities should not be overlooked

Why price information on fresh food commodities should not be overlooked African agricultural policy makers have for decades preferred basing their decisions on prices of inputs like fertilizer, fuel and seed as well as processed food products like bread, sugar, cooking oil, margarine and others that are considered part of a family’s food basket. This Read more about Why price information on fresh food commodities should not be overlooked[…]

Expanding and Deepening Principles of Indigenous Commerce in Africa

Expanding and Deepening Principles of Indigenous Commerce in Africa Indigenous commerce may be the best way to describe unique levels of entrepreneurship and relationship-based business models in African markets. After more than a decade observing these trends and practices, eMKambo has in 2022 set out to build strong partnerships with the Alliance for Food Sovereignty Read more about Expanding and Deepening Principles of Indigenous Commerce in Africa[…]

Cultivating community-led food and nutrition security initiatives

Cultivating community-led food and nutrition security initiatives It is taking too long for African governments to realize that allowing communities to take food and nutrition security matters into their own hands cultivates better self-reliance and sustainable development. Many rural African communities are tired of being treated like children who have no influence on what they Read more about Cultivating community-led food and nutrition security initiatives[…]

African mass food markets as invisible enablers of nutrition security

African mass food markets as invisible enablers of nutrition security While malnutrition is expected to be less in areas that have favourable climate for producing diverse food, undernutrition remains a key characteristic of high production zones across Africa. It is rare for a single area or community to produce an entire balanced food basket throughout Read more about African mass food markets as invisible enablers of nutrition security[…]

Every community and ecosystem has a spokesperson if you care to ask

Every community and ecosystem has a spokesperson if you care to ask The self-organizing nature of African mass food markets makes it easy for visitors to assume there is disorder in these remarkable institutions.  Interestingly, just as formal companies have departments like sales and communication or Public Relations, African mass markets also have such roles Read more about Every community and ecosystem has a spokesperson if you care to ask[…]

Importance of renewing focus on reducing food losses

Importance of renewing focus on reducing food losses Unpredictable rainfall patterns and heatwaves are beginning to influence priorities for developing countries to direct more attention and resources to reducing food losses.  For a long time, food losses have not been receiving sufficient resources with everybody seemingly obsessed with production. National agricultural budgets have focused mainly Read more about Importance of renewing focus on reducing food losses[…]

Creating space for pension funds in African food systems

Creating space for pension funds in African food systems With many pensioners in Africa taking farming as a second career into which they retire, it makes sense for pension funds to invest in building agricultural markets for the benefit of pensioners. On the contrary, the majority of pension funds including national social security systems in Read more about Creating space for pension funds in African food systems[…]

The hidden value of price ranges in African food markets

The hidden value of price ranges in African food markets Where in supermarkets a price for a kilogram of meat or tomatoes is already given as determined by internal pricing policies, African mass markets present a range of prices for the same commodity. Besides giving room for consumers to negotiate, price ranges are the best Read more about The hidden value of price ranges in African food markets[…]