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Entries in agriculture for income (68)

Wednesday
Jan162013

Branding Agricultural Commodities: The Development Case for Adding Value Through Branding

Branding Agricultural Commodities: The Development Case for Adding Value Through Branding   

Raising the value of commodities can do much to reduce poverty. By using commercial marketing principles and supply-chain innovations, farmers in developing countries can create consumer demand, giving producers leverage in negotiations with major buyers.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Certified Cocoa: Scaling Up Farmer Participation in West Africa

Certified Cocoa: Scaling Up Farmer Participation in West Africa   

This case study describes efforts to meet growing industry demand for certified cocoa by rapidly scaling up a network of certified farmers in the cocoa-producing countries of Ghana and Ivory Coast.

By working through supply chain companies and trader networks, the project was able to certify more than 15,000 farmers in just three years. The team also explored new ways to reduce costs to farmers and to increase farmer benefits.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Dried Beans in Ethiopia: Increasing Food Security Through Trade

Dried Beans in Ethiopia: Increasing Food Security Through Trade   

This paper focuses on collaborative efforts to link white pea bean farmers in Ethiopia to canning factories and retailers in the U.K. It explores the benefits and risks of working closely with a key intermediary and of tailoring a supply chain to meet the needs of a lead retailer.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

The Ethical Agent: Fresh Flowers in Kenya

The Ethical Agent: Fresh Flowers in Kenya   

An ethical agent is ideally a person or team with both development experience and commercial experience. The agent builds relationships with all the actors along the supply chain to improve livelihoods and ensure a commercially viable supply chain.

The Kenyan Fresh Flowers project investigated whether small- or medium-sized enterprises working with small-scale farmers could sell direct to modern retailers such as U.K. or U.S. supermarkets.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Reaching High-Value Markets: Fine Flavor Cocoa in Ghana

Reaching High-Value Markets: Fine Flavor Cocoa in Ghana   

Accessing high-end markets can be lucrative for farmers. But doing so not only requires specialized skills and technology but also relies on direct market linkages. What can we learn from a multisector effort to help cocoa farmers in Ghana produce premium beans?

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Sourcing Gender: Gender Productivity and Sustainable Sourcing Strategies

Sourcing Gender: Gender Productivity and Sustainable Sourcing Strategies   

In agriculture, women constitute the majority of farmers and producers. Yet women suffer many gender-specific constraints when participating in market-based activities. This paper offers a deeper understanding of gender in the value chain.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Under What Conditions Are Value Chains Effective Tools for Pro-poor Development?

Under What Conditions Are Value Chains Effective Tools for Pro-poor Development?   

Linking farmers with well-functioning local or global markets plays a critical part in long-term strategies to reduce rural poverty and hunger. It is critical to understand how to successfully link poor producers to markets and to identify which markets can benefit what kinds of producers.

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Tuesday
Oct092012

Tortillas on the Roaster Summary Report: Central American Maize-Bean Systems and the Changing Climate

  

Higher temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns could transform the agricultural landscape of Central America, threatening the livelihoods of one million maize and bean farmers. This report exposes the risks of climate change to these two most-important food crops in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

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Resumen del reporte Tortillas en el comal (33 pages, PDF, 918 KB)
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Tuesday
Oct092012

Resumen del estudio Tortillas en el comal

  

Temperaturas superiores y cambios en los patrones de precipitación podrían transformar el paisaje agrícola de América Central, amenazando de esta manera los medios de vida de un millón de agricultores de maíz y frijol, de acuerdo con un informe publicado hoy y en el que, por primera vez, se fija en el impacto del cambio climático a escala local.

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Download the summary in Spanish (33 pages, PDF, 918 KB)
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Monday
Sep242012

A Guide to Rapid Market Appraisal (RMA) for Agricultural Products

A Guide to Rapid Market Appraisal (RMA) for Agricultural Products   

This manual seeks to provide a basic understanding of marketing concepts and how this knowledge can be used to assist farmer groups to produce goods. It also aims to identify opportunities to introduce or strengthen local business development services, all based on market demand.

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Thursday
Jun282012

Information and Communication Technologies for Development

Information and Communication Technologies for Development   

This paper provides a snapshot of agriculture solutions that are emerging through information and communication technologies. It describes how these solutions are beginning to be used to fight hunger, reduce poverty, advance education, protect the environment and improve health.

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Monday
Jun252012

Leveraging Municipal Government Support for Agricultural Value Chains in Nicaragua

Until recently, municipal governments in Nicaragua have not considered agricultural development to be part of their institutional mandate. This has made it difficult for small producers to competitively engage in agricultural value chains. CRS and its partners created the Alliance to Create Opportunities for Rural Development through Agroenterprise Relationships (ACORDAR) project in 2007. Since then, ACORDAR has helped more than 3,000 Nicaraguan farmers achieve a 98 percent increase in sales and a 117 percent increase in net income.

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Friday
Jan272012

How the CRS-Led ACORDAR Project in Nicaragua Is Helping Small-Scale Farmers Become Major Players

The CRS-led Alliance to Create Rural Development Opportunities through Agroenterprise Relationships (ACORDAR) assists 7,000 smallholder farmers by helping them produce and sell demand-driven goods. The agency has also helped farmers organize enterprises that maintain multiple off-farm relationships with financial service providers, buyers, local governments and added-value certification bodies.

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Friday
Jan132012

Providing Food Assistance While Supporting Local Production

Local and Regional Procurement of food aid involves using cash resources to purchase food commodities within the country or region of programming. Two recent programs in Mali and Burkina Faso not only supplied commodities to schools but also used USDA resources to support smallholder farmers.

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Thursday
Nov172011

Combating cassava diseases to reduce food insecurity and increase incomes in the Great Lakes Region

Cassava Mosaic Disease and Cassava Brown Streak Disease have devastated the food security and income of millions of cassava-dependent farm families. The Great Lakes Cassava Initiative is combining research and development activities to respond to this crisis.

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