The study tests the appetite of productive use appliances that serve the needs of larger family farmers and measure the impact on their livelihoods. Research was carried out with 5,000 farmers across Kenya, India and Mexico and data collected from’s 7,000 existing customers. Appliances explored included: Chaff cutters, Grain mills, Water pumps, Water heaters and Tortilla/chapati stoves.

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Building Productive Use Biogas Appliances

Improvements in infrastructure, access to technology and markets are all key to increasing competitiveness of agriculture in West Africa. Sustainable energy solutions can contribute to these needs throughout the life of the crop: from irrigation to processing for final consumption. Electricity demand from agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double between 2015 and 2030

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The studies reviewed in the paper identify the opportunities emerging from new and expandingmarkets for agricultural products and challenges to smallholder participation in these markets. It identifieskey attributes of successful value-chain interventions, emphasizing the importance of combining value-chainapproaches with other approaches, including those emerging from innovation systems and rural livelihoodsframeworks.

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