Blog: Technology and Markets are essential forward linkages for extension
The study examines the technology transfer function and concludes that this activity will become increasingly privatized as technologies become progressively more proprietary as farmers become more commercialized. As this transition occurs, more and more of the cost of providing technical advisory services to farmers will be recovered through the sale of production inputs and services.
by Edward Kuseva, Kenya
Blog: Identification des initiatives locales : une approche prometteuse pour les services de vulgarisation pour promouvoir l’entreprenariat agricole
Parmi les difficultés de l'entrepreneuriat agricole en Afrique sub saharienne se trouvent en amont les problèmes d’accès au financement et en aval les difficultés d’accès au marché. La prise en compte du point de vue des paysans innovateurs qui sont les entrepreneurs agricoles favorise l’émergence d'un entrepreneuriat inclusif.
by Jean Bosco Etoa, Cameroon
Blog: Better Management of Cocoa Farming with the Global Positioning System
Technology and usage of ICT tools are nowadays, fully present in nearly all the fields of activities in developed countries (agriculture included). They introduced the Global Positionning System (GPS) through which nearly all sectors found an interest and eventually in agriculture. In Cameroon, grassroot farmers don't apprehend this and most don't believe such can be. A challenge the National Confederation of Cocoa Producers in Cameroon (CONAPROCAM) took by raising awareness to grassroot cocoa farmers, members of our organization, on the use and utility of a GPS.
by Marc Chislain Bappa Se, Cameroon
Blog: Multi Nutrient Feed Block (MNFB) boosts livestock enterprise in arid tracts of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is the largest state of India where 62 percent of total geographical area is under dry desert and livestock rearing is the main stay of rural economy. Feeding of livestock had been a challenging job in western zone of Rajasthan where persistent severe famine and droughts result in poor health and reduced milk production. As the result CAZRI initiated transferring Multi Nutrient Feed Block (MNFB) technology to livestock owners, which became very popular in villages.
by Singh Dheeraj, India
Blog: Success Story of Local Tunnel Drier for Small Scale Processing Entrepreneurship in India
In rural areas of Rajasthan, the farmers grow fruit and vegetables, which are highly perishable and need to be sold in the market immediately . When the production is high, the farmers are forced to sell the material at very low price, thereby incurring great losses. These losses can be minimized by dehydrating fruits and vegetables as the average daily duration of bright sunshine in western Rajasthan is 8- 9 hours.
by Singh Dheeraj, India
Blog: Youth in RAS and their role in Agricultural Transformation
‘‘Transformation in economics refers to a long-term change in dominant economic activity in terms of prevailing relative engagement or employment of able individuals’’. By 2050 sub-saharan Africa will have a larger and younger workforce than China and India. With the continents abundant land and natural resources, that workforce can be a global competitive advantage, and a great asset in driving economic transformation.
by Emily Ongus, Kenya
Blog: Tackling post-harvest losses with a systemic approach
One third of crops harvested globally are lost due to poor post-harvest handling and storage. Even though, the topic has been on the table of governments and international cooperations for a while, the situation has not improved significantly. For better post-harvest handling, farmers need two things: Know-how as well as the right technologies for the different steps of post-harvest management. To assure access to information and technologies, public sector, entrepreneurs and civil society need to join hands.
by Simplice Davo, Vodouhe, Benin
Blog: We are NEXT
The youth’s role in Rural Advisory Services and inclusive agripreneurship
They say that it is human nature to always find cause for optimism as expressed in the phrase “hope springs eternal”. I believe that this is true, but in order to have continuous supply of hope, one sector of society must always be considered in all monumental decisions for humanity: the youth.
by Josef Olfindo, Philippines
Blog: The Importance of Structure Data & Information in Agriculture
For any decision its very essential to have access to unbiased, timely information. In a clearly defined economy, access to reliable information and data is given, however in case of agriculture, especially in India and in the African countries, this remains a massive issue. given the fragmented land holdings. Our initiative is towards bringing science to the entire data and information of the agriculture sector.
by Ravishankar Mantha, India
Blog: From Arms to Farms
Honing Agri-preneurs in Conflict Areas of the Philippines
ATI’s “From Arms to Farms: Fostering Peace through Agriculture & Fishery Development in Conflict Areas of the Philippines” was crafted to help war torn families battle against hunger through farming. ATI’s presence in the fields coupled with sincerity and commitment greatly influenced former and active rebel leaders to engage in agriculture.
by Asterio Saliot, Philippines
Blog: The role of the Agribusiness Coach in empowering farmers to participate in the cassava-starch-beer value chain in Nigeria
Two videos demonstrate the services and capacities required by farmers to participate in this value chain, and the role of the “agribusiness coach” in developing these capacities and linking farmers to technical and financial services, as well as to transporters and the processing company.
by Richard Hawkins, Nigeria
Blog: Bee-keeping Farmers Support the Forest
Beekeeping is an important, sustainable and alternative source of income in rural areas, benefiting communities living in and around forests. Beekeeping can also be a practical tool for raising the awareness of these communities to the importance of good management of their forests and for stimulating their sensibility for conservation, and for improving biodiversity
by Tariku Olana Jawo, Ethiopia
Blog: Agripreneurship and underutilized crops
The new century has given birth of new challenges and issues in spite of various revolutions on the global map. Agriculture and allied sectors have been jeopardized by giant problems like climate change, malnutrition, hunger, poverty, unemployment, price fluctuations, water scarcity, shrinking of agriculture lands and population dynamicsto name a few. Innovations in agriculture and new business ventures are needed to let not the green sector become grey. The dilemma is we have not yet explored the potential of nature and people fully. The parts of food plants can be consumed from crown to root but few people know about the nutritional and market value of different underutilized crops and their parts which can be used for multiple purposes. In order to feed billions of people worldwide, these is a dire need to support and strengthen agripreneurship and also promote underutilized crops at the global level.
By Muhammad Ali and Kanwal Hanif
Blog: Reporting the challenges of extension agents in Ognu State. Nigeria
In Ogun Stage, Nigeria; the desired potentials in farmers’ production output have not been met, mainly due to enormous challenges which the extension agents are facing. Therefore, a study was undertaken to identify those challenges.
by Samson Apantaku, Nigeria
Blog: Women, livestock and fodder trees in Central Himalayas
I grew up in a small family farm in Shivalik1 foot hills during 1960’s & 1970’s, listening to my mother & aunts mostly talking agonizing fodder scarcity.
by Mahesch Cander, India
Blog: I met an Agripreneur, any farmer would envy!!!
I never knew so well, what it means to be an Agripreneur, until I visited the farm of Mr Uppala Prasad Rao, in Ghantshala village of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It was a kind of lifetime opportunity for me to visit this farm.
by Mahesh Cahnder, India
Blog: Farm Preeneur Clubs in Assam's Schools
In the state of Assam, India, Farm Preneur Club at schools teach children the value of farming - and at the same time the parents on how to improve their exisitng farms.
by Samir Bordoloi, India
Blog: Agripreneurship finds agrilutions
Derived from two root words; 1) agriculture and 2) Entrepreneurship, agripreneurship all goes back to finding entrepreneurial solutions through agriculture to solve a problem which in most or all cases is needed to contribute towards the over-arching issue-hunger, malnutrition and generally food and nutrition insecurity.
by Alpha Senon, WHYFARM
Blog: Edible Land Snails and Rural Advisory Services
The edible land snail communally called Nyamangoro has dominated the demand of bush meat, beef and fresh water protein sources in the rural communities of Cameroon. Bush meat including endangered species have been heavily poached; the fresh water protein sources ranged from crabs, over prawns to fish. As the temperatures keeps on rising due to climate change effects, reducing their abundance as their sources of nutrients also go away.
by Bosambe Aaron Modika, Cameroon
Blog: Why women should be at the center of rural advisory services
Women , expecially women farmers are unique: they produce the food we need and as mothers they take care of their families.Their quality food contributes to health and development of the children and therefore the next generation.
by Lizzy Nnaka, Nigeria
Blog: When digital services need a human touch
AgriFin Mobile partners with the private sector to provide sustainable, cost-effective digital financial and rural advisory services to smallholder farmers. Operating since 2012, a key to the program’s success has been the importance of human interface when introducing digital services and products.
by Trey Waters, United States
Blog: Cuisine collective concept de valorisation des produits locaux et de lutte contre la malnutrition
la cuisine collective est un groupe de femmes organisées qui sont formées en nutrition et en transformation des produits agro-alimentaires. A travers ces connaissances acquises, elles préparent des aliments nutritifs, sains et variés à partir des produits locaux pour les enfants de 0 à 5 ans qui présentent des carences au Mali. Cette initiative de recherche action a donné des résultats qui permettent de prévenir la malnutrition, de valoriser nos produits agricoles(céréales, légumineuses, fruits et légumes) et d'améliorer les revenus des femmes qui participent aux activités par la transformation et la vente des produits locaux.
by Selly Ouane, Mali
The Place of Entrepreneur Training in Rural Advisory Services for Inclusive Agripreneurship
Agripreneurship is scientific, creative, adaptable, market-oriented, profitable, sustainable, community-oriented and innovation. The qualities are attainable only through education and training. Universities, colleges and vocational schools play a major role in preparing future and current researchers, rural advisors, farmer leaders and LG staff through initial and continuing education on agriculture innovation systems (AIS) concepts and approaches (JOLISAA, 2013). Competence in general technical skills and EAS are crucial for effective role performance e.g. facilitation, brokerage etc.
by Margaret Koyenikan, Nigeria
Blog: Cocoa Farmers’ Compliance With Pesticide Safety Guidelines in Cameroon: Re-emphasizing the Role of Informal Trainings
Cocoa ranks among the most important cash crops in Cameroon. Historically grown since 1886, cocoa agro-forestry has gained significant prominence in the country’s agricultural landscape with about 37% of total croplands now devoted to its cultivation. Considered on the ranking trail, Cameroon was the fifth highest cocoa producer in the world in 2013/2014. Similarly, the contributions of cocoa to Cameroonian economy ever since the country obtained independence in 1960 cannot be overemphasized.
by Abayomi Oyekale, Cameroon