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Building capacity to increase agricultural productivity and incomes of poor small-scale farmers

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If poverty is to be tackled in Africa, the productivity of the agricultural sector?which employs the majority of the citizenry?must be increased. This is especially crucial at a time when food prices are surging as a result of increasing demand for food grains, animal products, and vegetable oils. However, agricultural productivity will not increase if the capacity of farmers and other actors in the agricultural value chain remains low, preventing them from innovating. In agriculture, innovations can include new knowledge or technologies related to primary production, processing, and commercialization?all of which can positively affect the productivity, competitiveness, and livelihoods of farmers and others. By putting farmers and other operators in the agriculture value chain at the centre of innovative practices and encouraging learning through the interchange of ideas, successes, and failures, they can develop the capacity to operate efficiently in the knowledge economy.

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