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Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (2012)

The use of off-farm storage facilities in marketing of soyabeans for smallholder farmers : a case of the Warehouse Receipt System in Makonde District, Zimbabwe

Rubhara, T.T.

Titre : The use of off-farm storage facilities in marketing of soyabeans for smallholder farmers : a case of the Warehouse Receipt System in Makonde District, Zimbabwe

Auteur : Rubhara, T.T.

Université de soutenance : Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Grade : Master in Management of Development, Specialisation Rural Development and Food Security 2012

Résumé partiel _ Agriculture is considered as a source of livelihood for most of the rural people in Zimbabwe. As such most of the development policies programs and projects have been aimed at increasing agricultural productivity especially for the smallholder farmers. One of the crops being promoted in the smallholder sector is soyabeans. Though various programmes have been aimed at increasing productivity of soyabeans the marketing of the crop remains a challenge. The Soyabeans Task Force (STF) considers market based rural development as a critical element in medium to long term poverty reduction and food security. The STF in conjunction with the Natural Resource Institute (NRI) have been involved in projects aimed at improving the soyabeans marketing including soyabeans processing and storage. One of the projects in Makonde district aimed at improving storage of soyabeans by using the Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) was deemed not very successful as very few small-scale farmers are using the system. The research was therefore done to identify factors limiting or supporting the use of the WRS by small-scale farmers. The study was carried out in Makonde district in Mashonaland West province of Zimbabwe, where there is a Warehouse Receipt System that has been in place since 2008 and approximately 25 smallholders have been reported to make use of the system. A case study was done to collect information about factors limiting and supporting this use. Eight WRS users and 8 WRS non-users represented the small-scale soyabeans farmers and the sampling method used was purposive. The warehouse operators (the company name is Nutrichem) were also interviewed. Another key informant interviewed was the (Agricultural and Rural Extension) AREX official who had an understanding of the WRS and worked with the farmers in the area. Interviews were done using semi structured interviews guided by a checklist. The respondents were narrating their stories guided by the researcher. Data analysis was done by analysing the narrative stories and the observed warehouse operations by grouping, sorting, making simple calculations, editing and summarising.

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