Contracting Out of Poverty

Access to markets is challenging for smallholders who may not be able to compete with larger operations that can provide firms with consistent quantities of high-quality products. This barrier to entry may be due to the smallholders’ limitations to exploit economies of scale, but it can also be due to their apprehension to sign contracts. IFPRI’s research project, Contracting Out Poverty: Experimental Approaches to Innovation in Agricultural Markets with Small Farmers, explored three innovative contract structures to solve this problem, focusing on markets for high-value crops in three diverse locations: Peru, Tanzania, and Viet Nam. Using randomized trials, innovative contract designs were developed with private companies in each country (a mango producer in Peru and milk processors in Viet Nam and Tanzania).

Innovation in Insurance: Managing the Risky Business of Weather

On March 29-30, 2017, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host the Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. IFPRI has been helping design and evaluate index insurance products to aid farmers in mitigating the impact and managing the risks associated with severe weather and crop loss.

Informing Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean

For more than three decades, IFPRI's research and collaborations in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region have produced rigorous evidence leading to innovative market and trade policies and effective social protection and nutritional programs.

IFPRI and IFAD Guiding Investments and Policy Making

Reliable, timely data are crucial to making strategic investments and designing cutting-edge policies in food and nutrition security, yet such data are often lacking in developing countries. To fill this gap, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) teamed up with other partners to build real-time tools >> Read more

Highlights of Food Policy Research for Latin America and the Caribbean

This brochure highlights the national and local collaborations IFPRI has been engaged in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more than 30 years, IFPRI’s research and collaboration have contributed to positive changes, including enhancing the culture of accountability and generating groundbreaking evidence that has strengthened resilience, improved nutrition, and spurred strategic food security policies and >> Read more

Improving Smallholder Farmers’ Market Access and Resilience

Smallholder farmers has a central part in addressing poverty, hunger and undernutrition. For this reason, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has focused its work on smallholder farmers and poor rural people. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has contributed to IFAD’s work in establishing improved market access and resilience for smallholder farmers.