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The following research publications have been modified to make them suitable for public circulation. Some of the studies undertaken involved interviewing small and medium scale enterprises as well as large corporate organizations. Therefore, some of the reports have been edited and the names of the agribusinesses and other details that may identify them withheld to protect their identity and information. All the research publications have been generated by Musika's Research Unit through directly undertaking research activities or in collaboration with other research agencies. For queries and comments, contact the Research Manager, 6, Tukuluho Road, Long acres, Lusaka: +260 211 253 989; fax +260 211 255 502.
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A Baseline Study of an Outgrower Initiative for Legumes in Northern Zambia
Musika works to stimulate private sector investments in rural agricultural markets. In Northern Zambia, Musika facilitated the development of a private-sector led out-grower scheme for legumes. It provided both infrastructure and logistical support to a firm to enable it provide bundled services to farmers, which include an assured market (out-grower scheme), mechanization and extension services. Following this, Musika conducted a study to derive baseline estimates as well as identify market gaps and opportunities for the provision of an out-grower scheme in the targeted intervention areas.
The Status Of The Smallholder Cassava Market In Northern Zambia
Musika supports the development of commercial relationships between the private sector and the rural smallholder farmers. In Northern Zambia, Musika facilitated the creation of an outgrower scheme for cassava by providing an output firm with equipment and logistical support, which will enhance the firm's capacity to provide farmers with an assured cassava market coupled with the relevant extension services. Following this, Musika conducted a survey in the targeted intervention areas to assess the status of the smallholder cassava markets.
The Status of Smallholder Dairy Markets and Farmers' Perceptions of Formal Markets in Western Province
Musika facilitated the establishment of mutually beneficial commercial relationships between the private sector and smallholder dairy farmers in the rural areas. The dairy industry is a key component in the Zambian livestock sector and has the potential of contributing to poverty reduction and economic growth. Despite this potential, the sector is fraught with low productivity levels, low market participation by farmers and limited availability of formal off-take markets. It is against this background that Musika supported a dairy processing firm in Western province with storage equipment and logistical support so as to enhance its capacity to provide extension services and a milk market for rural dairy farmers. Following the implementation of this intervention, Musika undertook a study in order to understand the status of the dairy smallholder market and farmers' perceptions of formal dairy markets.
A Needs Assessment of Rural Agribusinesses in Zambia
Musika and the WFP in Zambia are collaborating on an initiative aimed at enhancing rural farmers' access to agricultural markets. As part of the initiative, agribusinesses and intermediaries were strategically supported as they play a key role in creating commercial linkages in the rural areas through which market services are provided to the smallholder farmers. However, conducting business within the rural market environment has not been without challenges for these businesses. Therefore, the need to understand the prevailing risks and challenges to their commercial viability is essential for the development of sustainable market initiatives. In view of this, a descriptive study of rural agricultural SMEs was conducted in order to understand the factors that characterize successful SMEs, the business challenges they face and opportunities for the provision of business development services.
An Assessment Of Shared Value In The Smallholder Livestock Market In Southern Zambia: A Comparative Analysis
Musika supports the creation of 'shared-value' in rural agricultural markets. Shared-value can be defined as business approaches that a company uses to generate economic value, in a way that also produces value for society by addressing its challenges (Porter and Kramer, 2011). In order to stimulate the creation of shared-value in the rural livestock markets, Musika supported the development of commercial linkages between veterinary firms and the rural livestock farmers in Zambia. Musika provided both equipment and logistical support that would enable the veterinary firms provide an extension-based sales model or a bundle of services to the rural livestock market, which would include veterinary products, extension services and genetic and nutrition services. After four years of implementing these initiatives, Musika conducted a study that aimed to examine the extent of shared value in the intervention areas against non-intervention areas. To do this, the survey collected data on cattle production from the program's beneficiaries (user group) and non-beneficiaries (non-user group). In addition, data on business performance was collected from the veterinary firm supported by Musika to provide services to the rural livestock farmers.