Smallholders in Africa (New Agriculturist)


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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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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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