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.
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 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 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[…]
The significance of understanding consumer buying power One of the most over-looked trends in African agriculture-driven economies is the buying power of local consumers. When the private sector, government departments and development agencies support agriculture, they rarely think about whether local consumers will afford what will be produced or not. At worst, this oversight leads Read more about The significance of understanding consumer buying power[…]
African food markets continue to reshape Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises One of the most critical invisible trends in African economies is the extent to which food markets are shaping the operations and growth pathways of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). MSMEs keep changing in form, knowledge intensity and character in ways that external Read more about African food markets continue to reshape Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises[…]
The value of agricultural commodities is in their prices on the market Prices of agricultural commodities in various markets are some of the most under-rated insights in African agriculture. Policy makers are more concerned with prices of processed products like bread, cooking oil, sugar, margarine, maize meal and imported products like fuel. There is no Read more about The value of agricultural commodities is in their prices on the market[…]
How about using trade expos to promote indigenous food systems? Beyond talking about investment opportunities such as abundant land and water, African countries should use global events such as the Dubai Expo as a platform for promoting indigenous commodities. Each African country has unique indigenous food and other commodities which the people from other parts Read more about How about using trade expos to promote indigenous food systems?[…]
Knowledge is not enough without a unique set of values The above statement is the main reason why indigenous knowledge should be part of the 4th industrial revolution. Most rural African communities have survived COVID19 so far not only due to their indigenous knowledge but unique sets of values on how to co-exist with nature Read more about Knowledge is not enough without a unique set of values[…]
Check out this publication https://afsafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/seed-stories-final-print-en.pdf STORIES OF SEED ACTIVISM:JOURNALISTS FROM 14 COUNTRIES REPORTING PEOPLESSOLUTION TO CORPORATE CONTROL OF AFRICA’S LIFE
Behind every quantity of food are units of measurements in African markets Contrary to western markets like supermarkets where most of the commodities are sold by weight through kilograms, for instance, African mass markets have developed their own best practices in measurement and linking measurements to price or value. To avoid the inconvenience of having Read more about Behind every quantity of food are units of measurements in African markets[…]