Market-chain innovation enhances smallholders’ access to markets: Insights from the sweet potato sub-sector in Uganda

Smallholder farmers in developing countries such as Uganda are faced with the difficulty of accessing sustainable markets. Such farmers include those growing sweet potato, and are becoming increasingly marginalized as urban markets demand better quality, quantity and sustainable supply of agricultural commodities. Research and Development (R&D) actors on the other hand are often challenged on how to position farmers to benefit from existing market opportunities. Pilot application of the Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) on the Sweet potato sector demonstrated the resultant benefits to farmers in engaging with other market chain actors to develop innovations to exploit existing market opportunities.
Les petits agriculteurs des pays en développement comme l’Ouganda sont confrontés à la difficulté d’accéder à des marchés durables. Les agriculteurs concernés sont ceux de pommes de terre de plus en plus doux, et sont de plus en plus marginalisés par la demande des marchés urbains de meilleure qualité, la quantité et la fourniture durable de produits agricoles. Les acteurs de la Recherche et du Développement (R & D) d’une part, sont souvent contestés sur la façon de positionner les agriculteurs à bénéficier des opportunités de marché existantes. L’Application Pilote de l’Approche Participative à la Chaîne du Marché (PMCA) sur le secteur de la patate douce a démontré les avantages qui en résultent pour que les agriculteurs s’engagent avec d’autres acteurs de la chaîne du marché pour développer des innovations des opportunités d’exploitation existant.
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East Africa
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