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Market-based Solutions for Input Supply: Making Inputs Accessible for Smallholder Farmers in Africa

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Market-based Solutions for Input Supply: Making Inputs Accessible for Smallholder Farmers in Africa

KIT Working Papers 2015-5

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SNV and KIT have developed three market-based approaches to input supply: the agro-dealer approach, the chain leader approach, and the local traders approach. These approaches are based on experiences from agricultural value chain development, agro-dealer support, and seed sector programs in Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This paper is structured in three sections. The first introduces what market-based input supply is. The second section explains seven principles for the promotion of market-based input supply in Africa, based on SNV and KIT’s practical experiences. In the final section, three approaches to support market-based input supply are outlined.
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