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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... Linking farmers to markets

While smallholder farmers may be highly skilled in crop and livestock production, marketing their produce frequently poses a very different set of challenges. In this edition, GFAR highlights how farmers in Bangladesh have overcome ethnic and geographical marketing obstacles, while Honduras cocoa farmers have organised themselves to supply a niche market in Switzerland. And experiences from Kenya show how boosting the business skills of both farmers and buyers has strengthened the weakest link in the country's cotton marketing chain.

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Niche market for Honduras cocoa

Niche market for Honduras cocoa

The superior genetic quality of Honduran cocoa, which makes it perfect for high value confectionery, has prompted a partnership between 700 smallscale farmers and Chocolats Halba, a Swiss chocolate-maker. As a result, Honduran chocolate can be found on the shelves of one of Switzerland's biggest retailers, and farmers are, for the first time, benefiting from having a direct link to international buyers.

Date published: November 2012

Making markets work for women in Bangladesh

Making markets work for women in Bangladesh

Tribal women from Bangladesh's Chittagong Hill Tracts have used market surveys, improved negotiation skills and donkey transport to transform their engagement with high value fruit and vegetable markets.

Date published: November 2012

Linking smallholders to buyers: the inclusive business model approach

Linking smallholders to buyers: the inclusive business model approach

The adoption of the value-chain approach over the past decade has provided a broad framework for supporting smallholder-market linkages through improved value-chain partnerships. Building on this approach, more recent efforts have focused on 'inclusive business models' which focus on the weakest link in many value chains, the smallholder to first buyer linkage.

Date published: November 2012

 

 

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