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WorldAgInfo First KM Reviews
The “First Kilometre” is a metaphor for reaching, interacting with, listening to, learning from, empowering and enriching smallholders. It is chosen to counter the “top-down” connotations of the more common “last mile” vocabulary.
Research on the topics covered here provided background for the WorldAgInfo Design Team on existing information systems for large and smallholder producers, and a beginning understanding of how they might be improved. While the issues involved are wide-ranging and incredibly complex, focus areas were identified where the Design Team would benefit from more in-depth research. Information gathered informed and helped shape the deliberations of the two workshops.
The Design Team commissioned research analysts to survey the literature, understand the issues of institutional context, and inventory what is happening on the ground. Each review resulted in an approximately 10-page report with a narrative review and list of citations. Eleven areas were surveyed, with an emphasis on successes, failures, scalability, incentives, sustainability and replicability.
Additional materials and an archive of the project web site can be found on the Internet Archive here.
(World Ag Info Project, 2007)With the emergence of the ‘new agriculture’ and the availability and rapid uptake of information and communication technology (ICT) tools, governments are refocusing development resources in rural areas. Excellent recent ...
Supermarkets and Beyond: Literature Review on Farmer to Market Linkages in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia (World Ag Info Project, 2007-07-28)This paper reviews recent literature on selected issues that need to be considered in designing policies and programs to improve farmer-to-market linkages in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Since the “supermarket revolution” ...