02 May 2014 10:05 am

The objective of this paper is to summarize available evidence on key questions for the Feed the Future Learning Agenda theme on expanded markets, value chains and increased investments, and document expert opinion on gaps in the scientific literature for this theme that are in most urgent need o

15 May 2014 08:05 am

Information and communication technologies (ICT's) can help effectively facilitate smallholder integration in agricultural value chains. Many farmers join supply chains as a response to market failures in insurance, financial inputs, and information.

22 May 2014 03:05 pm

Producer penalties and bonuses can help reduce the incidence of side-selling and better align farmers' incentives with purchasers'.   Bonuses can help ensure that farmers take the necessary measurements to produce the quality charachteristics often present in contract farming arrangements.

19 May 2014 02:05 pm

Providing credit to a group of farmers lessens transaction costs associated with contracting with each individual. Moreover, peer effects allow the group to screen out un-creditworthy farmers.

02 May 2014 03:05 pm

Multi-period contract arrangements are a key part of building sustainable relationships between buyers and producers. The prospect of penalties in future interaction reduces the incentive for farmers to side-sell.

14 May 2014 08:05 am

Production, Finance, and Improved Technologies (PROFIT) was a multi-sector value chain intervention in Zambia from 2005-2011. It focused on upgrading retail inputs and services and measuring the effect on beef and cotton value chains. Among the findings were:

16 Apr 2014 09:04 am

This paper investigates inclusive growth in agricultural value chains, with a focus on smallholder participation, upgrading behavior, and outcomes related to agricultural productivity, agricultural profits, and smallholder incomes.

30 Apr 2014 10:04 am

This paper provides an overview of a research project that assessed the long-term impact of three antipoverty interventions in Bangladesh—the introduction of new agricultural technologies, educational transfers, and microfinance—on monetary and nonmonetary measures of well-being.

10 Jul 2013 09:07 am

In emerging markets for high-value food products in developing countries, processing companies search for efficient ways to source raw material of consistent quality. One widely embraced approach is contract farming.

10 Jul 2013 09:07 am

Risk and poverty are inextricably linked. Susceptibility to risk is a defining feature of what it means to be poor.