Policy Strategies Interventions and the way forward for Sesame Crop: A Case Study of Kordofan Region, Sudan

Kordofan region is one of the most important traditional producers of sesame in Sudan. This study analysed the sesame crop value chain of Kordofan region from producers to processors in terms of material flows, information flows and relationships within and between the actors that constitute the value chain. The study also determined constraints and opportunities in the sesame production and processing system. The study used qualitative (functional analysis and flowcharts, mapping the current sesame value chain), strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats matrix (SWOT) analysis to determine constraints and opportunities in the chain and quantitative (financial analysis) methods of analysis. The study suggested a set of value chain development policy strategy interventions to improve sesame production and processing.
La région de Kordofan est l’un des plus importants producteurs traditionnels de sésame au Soudan. Cette étude a analysé la chaîne devaleur de la culture de sésame de la région du Kordofan des producteurs aux transformateurs en termes de flux de matières, flux d’information et des relations au sein et entre les acteurs qui constituent la chaîne de valeur. L’étude a également déterminé les contraintes et les opportunités dans la production de sésame et le système de traitement. Cette étude a mis en oeuvre l’analyse qualitative (analyse fonctionnelle et des organigrammes, la cartographie de la chaîne de valeur actuelle de sésame) des forces, des faiblesses, des opportunités et de la matrice des menaces (SWOT) pour déterminer les contraintes et les opportunités dans la chaîne et les méthodes quantitatives de l’analyse (analyse financière). L’étude a suggéré un ensemble d’interventions de stratégie de politique dedéveloppement de la chaîne de valeur pour améliorer la production et le traitement de sésame.
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the Cross Cutting theme