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GFAR

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) brings together all those working to strengthen and transform agricultural research for development around the world. As part of this role, GFAR is working with New Agriculturist to showcase and raise awareness of important initiatives and their outcomes, to update and inspire others.

Research and innovation... Smallholder enterprise development

Smallholder farmers can significantly contribute to a country's economic growth and food security. In this edition, GFAR draws attention to the role of smallholder enterprise development and show how smallholders use knowledge and innovation to increase income, create business and new opportunities in Nepal, Ghana and Cameroon.

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Improving livelihoods through community-based beekeeping in Nepal

Improving livelihoods through community-based beekeeping in Nepal

In a mountain community in Nepal's far west, traditional beekeeping methods are being replaced by modern hives and better marketing. With a clean, high quality, branded honey, production, income and job opportunities have all increased.

Date published: September 2012

A hard nut to crack

A hard nut to crack

To enable smallholder farmers to increase production of njansang - a highly prized paste made from ground kernels of a forest nut, used widely in Cameroonian cooking - the World Agroforestry Centre developed alternative techniques that dramatically cut the processing time from six to eight weeks to a mere eight hours. Around 100 njansang producers in Cameroon have adopted this new technology, allowing them to increase their involvement in processing and trade.

Date published: September 2012

Rising rice: an enterprise in Ghana

Rising rice: an enterprise in Ghana

Having set up an agri-business enterprise, involving buying and processing of paddy, the Single Mothers Association (SMA) in Ghana's Upper East region successfully bid for a contract to supply schools with parboiled rice. With the help of TradeAid, and finance from the International Fertilizer Development Center, an agri-business cluster was established, uniting SMA, the Rice Farmers Coalition, TradeAid, input suppliers and a bank.

Date published: September 2012

 

 

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