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Mainstreaming cross-cutting issues in CASA interventions

The CASA programme strives to mainstream four cross-cutting areas – gender, nutrition, climate change and animal welfare – in all...

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CASA Programme Approach: Blending Market Systems and Investment Promotion

Is the CASA programme a Market Systems Development (MSD) programme or an investment initiative? During one of CASA’s adaptive management...

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Rethinking Agri-Business Investments Through the Pandemic wrap-up take-aways

“Rethinking Agri-Business Investments Through the Pandemic”, a series of virtual convenings unpacking the response to COVID-19 for...

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The impact of COVID-19 on agricultural markets in Nepal

In late April 2020, CASA worked with key market actors to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of agricultural...

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Rethinking Agri-Business Investments Through the Pandemic: Futures Panel summary

Looking to the future is not easy under current circumstances.  We don’t currently even know where we will be able to go and who we...

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CASA’s COVID 19 Response

All of CASA’s implementing teams are adapting their activities to respond to the COVID19 pandemic. CASA works with smallholders and...

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Rethinking Agri-Business Investments Through the Pandemic: Support Panel summary

Whilst a pandemic of this scale has not been seen in recent decades, the pressure points it is creating for agribusinesses are not new...

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Rethinking Agribusiness Investments Through the Pandemic: Sustainability Platform Summary

COVID-19 has exposed our vulnerabilities in both health and economic terms and made us all feel less safe.  For many people, this is...

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Rethinking Agri-Business Investments Through the Pandemic: Impact Platform summary

Across the world, lives have changed dramatically in the last few months.  We have all been affected in some way by the tragic deaths...

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The COVID19 pandemic – a double edged sword for agri-SMEs in Africa and Southeast Asia

Something as small as a virus has managed to achieve the almost impossible: to put our globalised world on hold. Each of us now wonder:...

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Growth in The Time of COVID

How do you start off a development programme during COVID? Just as the CASA programme was set to roll out a barrage of partnerships with...

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CASA programme launched in Uganda

“The Ugandan government is determined to carry out a nationwide farmer’s census as a deliberate strategy to help them shift from the...

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How The Full Spectrum of Capital Can Enable Inclusive Growth in Agriculture

While the world has made huge economic gains over the past 50 years, this progress has been highly uneven. This is particularly acute in...

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Are you an economics or investment researcher? Join our team!

We are seeking the services of professional experts to be engaged on a call down basis to undertake research in response to the questions....

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Farmers face up to climate risks in south Asia

Small-scale farmers in India and Nepal ‘most vulnerable’ to climate change and while technologies to improve resilience are available,...

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Q&A: Digital tech is like eBay or Amazon for smallholders

Digital solutions for smallholders risk failure unless ‘human-centred’ but technology can ‘de-risk’ commercial investment in...

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What are the opportunities, challenges and evidence needs for investing in smallholder farming?

Let’s say that investing in agriculture and particularly in agribusinesses that source from smallholder farmers is not a walk in the...

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Microloans make farming profitable for Kenyan smallholders

Farmers in Kenya report increased yields after signing up to microloan scheme but more investment is essential to help small-scale farmers...

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Egypt’s small-scale farmers buoyed by technology investment

New agricultural equipment increases yields by up to 20 per cent, and smallholders in Egypt have received incentives to use the technology,...

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Nigerian farmers embrace technology to combat food insecurity

With food insecurity on the rise in Nigeria, smallholder farmers are turning to new technologies to improve food...

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Coordinated investment key to agri-tech in Africa

Africa’s agri-tech industry is booming, but for smallholder farmers to profit, investment is vital, writes Laura Owings for SciDev.Net....

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