Tasty, healthier food made from roots, tubers and bananas: getting to the bottom of consumer preferences

Tasty, healthier food made from roots, tubers and bananas: getting to the bottom of consumer preferences Across tropical Asia, Africa and Latin America, many foods are traditionally processed from roots, tubers and bananas. These crops can continue to play a vital role in food security if they can gain more access to urban markets, including restaurants and food processing industries … Read More

Farmers learn to run successful small businesses

Farmers learn to run successful small businesses Farmer Business Schools have been adopted by national development programs, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in three Asian countries. The results were encouraging: some 3,500 farmers have been trained, about three-fourths women. They have learned new business skills, how to work together, and have developed new products to market. … Read More

Gender responsiveness in Farmer Business Schools

Gender responsiveness in Farmer Business Schools The Farmer Business Schools (FBS) is a participatory approach to provide technical assistance and support to smallholder farmers to improve their income and livelihood opportunities. In Asia, the approach has been adapted to ensure gender responsiveness, by including women, diagnosing their needs, and helping them to start group businesses. Experiences show that value chain … Read More

Which extension methods work best? Teaching young mothers about orange-fleshed sweetpotato

Which extension methods work best? Teaching young mothers about orange-fleshed sweetpotato To grow nutritious orange-fleshed sweetpotato, women need vine cuttings for re-planting, as well as motivating information about the root’s nutritional value. Young mothers in Kenya were more likely to keep growing these nutritious sweetpotato varieties at least one year after initial planting, depending on how they learned about the … Read More