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"New Agriculture" and Implications for information development and diffusion: Perspectives from Zambia
16 November 2007
Jones Govereh, Mike Weber

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges the FARA website as the source of this report: http://farastaff.blogspot.com/2007/11/world-aginfo-workshop-in-zambia.html


New Agriculture – Responding to Markets Means We Need Better Information About African Urban Food Demand

  • More than 50% of Africa’s population will be urban by 2015.
    • 2000: 10 farm households feed 7 non-farm households
    • 2020: 10 farm households feed 16 non-farm households
  • Upshot: urban demand for food is rising rapidly
New Agriculture - Policy Information Implications

  • Many "knowledge gaps" about improving smallholder agriculture are systemic challenges
    • Access to roads and water
    • Access to land
    • Access to markets
    • Changing urban consumption patterns
  • Overcoming these knowledge gaps to help develop policies and programs that can help smallholder farmers

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