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March 2016
News in Agricultural Technology
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International Women's Day: Gender Equality is Good for Business

Gender equality and women's empowerment are recognized as fundamental elements of effective international development programs. Why should the private sector also consciously consider gender in how it does business?

The shrimp industry provides a livelihood for 200,000 people in Bangladesh, and MKA Hatchery is the first shrimp hatchery in the country to employ women. The women it employs have become experts at growing feed, a precise and critical process. Both MKA and its female employees have benefited from MKA's efforts to include women on its staff, and the company provides an example of why the private sector should consider gender equality in its operations.

Read more about MKA Hatchery and why gender equality is good for business!

Expanding Access to Agricultural Inputs in Rural Mozambique

In Mozambique, poor infrastructure prevents many smallholder farmers from accessing important agricultural inputs like quality seed. But with Partnering for Innovation's support, NCBA CLUSA is working with two Mozambican seed companies to expand farmers' access to seeds through weekly seed and input fairs and by training entrepreneurial farmers as company agents who can sell seeds in their community.

Learn more here about how this public private partnership is bringing seed, other inputs, and training to smallholder farmers in Mozambique for the first time.

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Building a Market for Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potatoes in Malawi

In Malawi, roughly 60 percent of children under the age of five are vitamin-A deficient. Orange-fleshed sweet potato is one important food in addressing this deficiency, but the market for sweet potatoes is poorly developed in Malawi, and many potatoes go unsold and unconsumed. 

Universal Industries, a leading snack and beverage producer in Malawi, is working with Partnering for Innovation to change this. Universal is integrating smallholder farmers into their supply chain and developing and commercializing several value-added orange-fleshed sweet potato products.

Read more about Universal's work to create a robust formal market for orange-fleshed sweet potatoes on our Agrilinks blog!


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