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The business of agricultural business services: Working with smallholders in Africa
Edited by Mariana Wongtschowski, John Belt, Willem Heemskerk and David Kahan
Published by KIT Publishers/FAO
2013, 192 pp, ISBN 978-9-46022-236-8 (Pb), €25 or free to download
With most African smallholder farmers now aiming to sell at least part of their output, enabling them to move to a more commercial footing demands much more than the production advice traditionally given by extension services. Marketing strategies, business planning, help with contracts and standards, and links to buyers and credit are increasingly vital, and supply of such services will underpin agricultural development in the coming years.
In describing and discussing the experiences of 12 business service providers from across Africa, this excellent new book aims to address some fundamental questions on sustainability, accountability and inclusiveness. What happens when donor money runs out? Who do business services…
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