10 Jul 2013 09:07 am

We analyze the efectiveness of a new approach in providing weather index-based insurance products to low-income populations.

20 Mar 2014 02:03 pm

Uncertainty and risk are characteristics inherent in agricultural activities, and one of the main sources of risk is weather. Because agriculture depends heavily on rainfall, it is sensitive to weather changes.

06 May 2014 03:05 pm

This report summarizes the experiences of the consulting firm J.E. Austin Associates in performing value chain analysis and interventions.

- Base project designs on good market analysis and direct them toward market opportunity.

30 Apr 2014 10:04 am

Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP) worked with CARE-Bangladesh to assess the impact of the Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain Project (SDVCP) on (1) women’s ownership of assets, men’s ownership of assets, and jointly held

17 Apr 2014 09:04 am

Part of the constraints facing contract farming are the lack of proper procedures for measuring quality in production. If the buyer handles quality assurance then they may have an incentive to report that production was of lower quality in order to offer a lower price.

06 May 2014 01:05 pm

Quality standards are increasingly important for farmers to be able to export in high-value markets. Two case studies illustrate both the risks and the potential benefits for farmers related to meeting export standards.

13 Aug 2013 03:08 pm

Weather variations crucially act the wellbeing of farmers in developing countries yet weather insurance is rather rare.

10 Jul 2013 09:07 am

Agricultural income in low income countries is subject to many risks, much of which is unin- sured.

14 May 2014 09:05 am

This report presents the results of a review of 11 guides for value chain development (VCD). The review compares the  concepts and methods endorsed and assesses the strengths and limitations of the guides for steering development practice.

18 May 2016 08:05 am

This literature review from the International Labor Organization analyzes the results of 53 value chain interventions on job creation and job quality. The report generated the following recommendations and best practices: