21 May 2015 02:05 pm

Lenders seeking to directly finance smallholders face high transaction costs, risks, and asymmetric information.

15 May 2015 03:05 pm

Sound planning, appropriate skills and adequate approaches for starting-up and operating contract farming (CF) schemes are key to success and sustainability.

18 Mar 2015 11:03 am
created by ILRI

This article puts forward a method for the analysis of constraints faced by developing countries’ smallholder producers. It is consistent with theories of constraints, efficient in terms of cost and researchers’ time, and accessible to a non-technical audience.

22 Jan 2015 10:01 am

This FAO report provides tools to help include small producers in the production process and the market from the value chain perspective. It contains information on how to select a value chain for an intervention, make partnerships, and monitor and evaluate the success of those partnerships.

12 Dec 2014 01:12 pm
created by ILRI

This ILRI discussion paper reviews 20 value chain interventions and discusses the econometric techniques used to address the validity of findings.

24 Nov 2014 03:11 pm
created by IFPRI, ILRI

This toolkit details the proper questions to ask and best practices when designing surveys about intrahousehold asset allocation. It stresses the importance of gender for key development outcomes such as child nutrition and education.

29 Oct 2014 09:10 am

Contract farming involves production by farmers under agreement with buyers for their outputs. This arrangement can help integrate small-scale farmers into modern agricultural value chains, providing them with inputs, technical assistance, and assured markets.

07 Oct 2014 09:10 am



What skills do smallholder farmers need in order to succeed? The guides listed below explain how to help farmers use SMART Skills to successfully engage with markets. The documents are in their first year of beta testing.

11 Jul 2014 08:07 am

This book by Agri-Profocus provides a range of tools for integrating a gender perspective at different stages of value chain development interventions.

10 Jul 2014 02:07 pm

This Institutional Learning and Change Initiative working paper provides a thoughtful discussion of the statistical assumptions underlying randomized controlled trials as well as guidance for implementation and interpreting results.