Value Chain Model for bio-ethanol production from sweet sorghum in rainfed areas through collective action and partnership
Objectives of this project are 1. Assess economic and environmental viability, enabling policies and institutions for promoting cultivation of sweet sorghum for bio-ethanol production and its impact on environment, rural incomes, livelihoods and social capital development.
Livestock intensification: investigating impacts on livelihoods in dairy value chains in India and Ethiopia
Noticeable productivity increases of dairy production systems can only be observed in limited areas. Based on these limitations, it is assumed that at the household level, the main driver of intensification in dairy production is the quality and effectiveness of available marketing chains. Quality...
Live cattle value chain diagnostic study
ACTIVITIES Conducting an in-depth review of what is known about the live cattle value chain including gathering data and available information on current output markets (e.g. production, consumption, prices, imports and exports), constraints along the value chain and potential solutions. Conducting...
Integrating informal milk markets into formal value chains in Eastern and Central Africa
Pro-actively engaging actors in the informal dairy sector to integrate it into the formal dairy value chain requires both appropriate changes in policy (mind-set and/or written), and developing appropriate policy implementation instruments for relevant institutions. This is necessary because...
Innovations for agricultural value chains in Africa
Meridian Institute, which leads the process, has brought together a select group of scientists and innovators from emerging fields of science and technology with African experts livestock value chains (alongside maize, cassava) to: identify the core bottlenecks along the target value chains,...
Exploiting market opportunities for value-added dairy and meat products in the Eastern and Central Africa region
This new extended project goes beyond the initial one that mainly involved consumer demand analysis and takes a value chain approach starting from smallholder dairy and meat production and marketing, value addition and processing and demand in the three countries, and extends geographical coverage to Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda. Within each country the project collaborates with various stakeholder organizations, both public and private, to meet the objectives of the project. GOAL
African agricultural markets: Towards priority actions for market development for African farmers
The record-high levels of today’s food prices are a blessing for some food producers able to increase their production and profits and a curse for millions of poor net food buyers finding it more and more difficult to feed their families. To make high value and staple food markets work for smallholder farmers while providing affordable food for poor consumers, we know we need better markets. We also need incentives that encourage both a pro-poor and a pro-growth Green Revolution for Africa.