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I would like to thank Dr Donald Cole for his support throughout this research process, as well as Dr Seydou Niang for insights and logistical support in the field. I would also like to thank Oumar Sissokho, Pape Diagne and Amadou Dia, executive members of GIE Provania, whose dynamism and desire to improve the lives of fellow farmers made this research possible. Funding for this research was made available by the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) AGROPOLIS award programme.