High costs, limited infrastructure and underdeveloped distribution networks are just some of the obstacles to ensuring input access in rural areas. Yet even in these remote communities, products like Coca-Cola are easy to find. How have some companies and organizations overcome the barriers to last-mile distribution, and how can their approaches be applied to agricultural development?
This month’s #AskAg Twitter Chat, featuring Richard Mkandawire (African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership), Regis Chikowo (Africa RISING), Augustin Wambo Yamdjeu (The New Partnership for Africa's Development) and David Hong (One Acre Fund), will examine challenges to and solutions for ensuring smallholder access to agricultural inputs—like fertilizer—in hard-to-reach areas.
Potential Guiding Questions:
- What are the major challenges to reaching farmers with needed inputs, particularly fertilizers?
- What are the most promising solutions for last-mile delivery of inputs such as fertilizers that are financially sustainable/cost-effective?
- What are some existing examples of innovative and successful PPPs that have overcome barriers to input distribution?
- How are inputs best distributed in rural farming communities?
- What other factors need to be considered for successful uptake/adoption of improved inputs.
Twitter Accounts to Follow:
- Richard Mkandawire: @R_Mkandawire
- Regis Chikowo: @RegisChikowo
- Augustin Wambo Yamdjeu: @wamboyamdjeu
- David Hong: @thedavidhong
How to Participate:
- If you are new to Twitter, visit Twitter.com to sign up for an account. (For more tips on getting started, check out our Twitter training.)
- Explore the guiding questions that will be discussed during the chat.
- Join us for discussion by using the hashtag #AskAg and following @Agrilinks.
- You can also follow on Twubs or through the livestream below.