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:


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.