services and products
eMKambo Call Centre
Comprises of 16 mobiles lines (Econet, Telecel and Netone) used to inform various value chain players about agricultural markets status.
eMKambo Bulk SMS
Assists agric- value chain actors e.g input suppliers, agro dealers, buyers of commodities, transporters among other service provides to broadcast messages to facilitate their business.
Agric-Markets Value Chain Analysis
We provide whole range of goods and services necessary for an agricultural product to move from the farm to the final customer or consumer.
Market-oriented consultancy and research services to businesses and organisations involved in agriculture and value chain industries.
eMKambo Perishable finance
eMKambo offers a range of agriculture loans for traders in the Market to meet the cost of working capital and allied activities.
Agric- Content Generation and Software Development
eMKambo have a highly qualified team which works on creating and maintaining agriculture related web, mobile and desktop applications.
The mobile application avails to share agriculture information and knowledge (content) through mobile smart phones.
The word Mkambo refers to market in isiNdebele language. It has the same connotation in the Shona language though in Shona, the word Musika commonly refers to the market One of the challenges facing Zimbabwean agriculture and rural development is lack of reliable, usable and timely information, evidence and knowledge for effective decision making. A significant part of the available information is either out-dated or dispersed in various institutions, people and environments. When projects and programmes by various NGOs, private sector players and other development organisations come to an end, in most instances, there is no clear mechanism for the knowledge that was gathered to be handed over and inform new initiatives. In addition, competition rather than collaboration among organisations in the same sector works against knowledge sharing.
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? 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 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 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 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 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[…]
African countries should start investing in their substitute commodities While the profile of indigenous food has been rising over the past few years across Africa, policy makers are yet to direct policies and public spending to the majority of indigenous commodities. A lot of support continues to be directed at exotic commodities that are being Read more about African countries should start investing in their substitute commodities[…]
Free flowing information will ensure policies are backed by fresh evidence What has constrained the capacity of African countries to translate politics into economic development is paying lip service to the true value of information. For instance, the majority of African countries have not put in place systems for collecting data and information in ways Read more about Free flowing information will ensure policies are backed by fresh evidence[…]
Agricultural economies should develop farmer-responsive pricing models The past few years have seen climate change-induced droughts constraining the capacity of African countries such as Zimbabwe to predict future harvests. Consequently, when a bumper harvest happens governments are compelled to lead agricultural value chain actors in building buffer food stocks against future shocks. Developing responsive pricing Read more about Agricultural economies should develop farmer-responsive pricing models[…]
Market literacy is more important than financial literacy Financial literacy has gained prominence as a necessary intervention in most developing countries. However, what has become clear in most agro-based African countries is that market literacy is more important than financial literacy because the market provides the broader context in which financial literacy can be understood. Read more about Market literacy is more important than financial literacy[…]