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.

10 Jul 2013 09:07 am

Farmers in rural Bangladesh face multiple sources of uninsured risk to agricultural production and household assets.

13 Aug 2013 03:08 pm

Asymmetry of information is a fundamental problem in agricultural markets. Production contracts remain incomplete if product quality attributes measured by the buying company remain unobservable for the selling farmer.

13 Aug 2013 03:08 pm

We conduct a framed field experiment in rural Ethiopia to test the seminal hypothesis that insurance provision induces farmers to take greater, yet profitable, risks.

13 Aug 2013 03:08 pm

In this paper we examine which farmers would be early entrants into weather index insurance markets in Ethiopia, were such markets to develop on a large scale.