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Eve Crowley, FAO

Small producers face debilitating institutional and financial constraints. Eve Crowley, from FAO, outlines how institutions that work on behalf of smallholders can be strengthened.
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You have said and gone some paces towards dealing with the multiple-caused-layered smallholder challenges. These farmers also suffer from institutional weaknesses which goes upto lacking the necessary model to deal with the speed of technology adoption.
posted by: Solomon Abdetta Shene (16:09:03 Sun 6th October 2013)

Strengthening institutions is an imperative for African agricultural development. Co-investment by governments, the private sector and donors can accelerate the creation of a new generation skilled in digital technology, eg soil diagnostics/mapping.
posted by: Keith Shepherd (11:11:43 Thu 3rd October 2013)

Great article. The article truly reflects what we are seeing in India at the moment. Providing inputs, access to ICT and a fair price for the crop are not enough to keep farming remunerative. Access to cheap finance is the missing link.
posted by: Jaisinh Vaerkar (11:05:17 Thu 3rd October 2013)

In Kano state of Nigeria, smallholder farmers have always sufficient 'fish catch' in increasing water level and abundant consumers/buyers. Yet, the only problem is they loathe cooperative work. Who will work for them, Crowley? NOBODY.....exactly
posted by: Rabiu Auwalu Yakasai (23:01:26 Tue 1st October 2013)



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