The Impact of the Situation in Niger Republic on Local Markets

A quiet day at MaiGatari Market, Jigawa State, Nigeria The coup that took place in Niger Republic on 26th July 2023, has sent shockwaves rippling through West Africa. ECOWAS’ strong opposition to the self-declared military government has led to rising tensions within the bloc, with Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea breaking from the joint position […]

A New Frontier: Data and Trade in African Markets

In Africa, where trade holds immense potential for unlocking economic prosperity, harnessing the power of data is critical. Data and insights can play a pivotal role in facilitating seamless exchange and driving growth in markets. Unfortunately, Africa suffers from a general paucity of data, particularly when it comes to local trade. The lack of access […]

The Importance of Trust in Agriculture

by Ruth Kinuthia In the agricultural business, interactions between farmers and consumers, supply chains, and regulatory frameworks are just a few of the areas where trust is significant. For the following main reasons, trust is essential in agriculture: Building trust is crucial to guaranteeing food safety. Farmers and food producers are relied upon by consumers […]

Fields of Trust

In the sun-kissed plains of Northern Nigeria, you will find a myriad of vibrant communities of farmers. Among them in the community of Jahun, a diligent farmer, Aminu, is known for his unwavering commitment and humble spirit. As the seasons come and go, Aminu’s journey unfolds, revealing the profound significance of trust in the lives […]

The Farmer’s Community

From the little time I have spent on Earth, I have had the privilege of witnessing the magic of various professions. However, the profession that has spurred my interest the most is farming. A long time ago, I attempted to join my grandmother at her farm and as you can imagine it did not go […]

Value of the Community for the Growth/Success of a Farmer

by Ruth Kinuthia Farmers have played and continue to play a crucial role in ensuring that there is sufficient food to feed the populace. Farmers must be able to manage the farm, the harvest, the livestock, and the capital to ensure a fruitful harvest and beneficial business. Nonetheless, farming is not a lone enterprise; it […]

The Importance of Matching Demand and Supply in Fresh Produce Markets

Written by Luqman Hussien Traders often face losses when they attempt to sell their produce in the agricultural value chain. This is especially true for traders in the fresh produce market. 4 of the key reasons contributing to this include: These are some of the key factors driving trader losses when trading agricultural produce. Needless […]

The Implication of Change

It is a well-known old wives’ tale in Nigerian that your cooking gas and other supplies often finish at the most ill-conceived time, making sure that you have to jump through hoops just to restock. This is a story of one such time. Today, after a long day of meetings and deadlines, I finally decided […]

The Unbanked Angle

Across most African countries trade is mainly conducted using physical currency due to factors such as low literacy and digital adoption rates, and as a result of this, any changes to the currency of their countries have far-reaching implications for farmers. At the turn of the year, Coamana’s Amana Market has seen a significant decline […]

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African Farmer

Smallholder farmers are already experiencing the impacts of rising temperatures, unpredictable rainfall and extreme weather events on crop yields, pest and disease incidence, income generation and food security. They are one of the most vulnerable groups to climate change. Since the majority of smallholder farmers in Africa depend entirely on rain-fed agriculture, they are vulnerable […]