Rural Poor and Smallholders in Western China and Trade Liberalization

MOTIVATION China is a leading example of the opportunities global trade liberalization can offer developing countries and emerging economies. China has been a World Trade Organization (WTO) member since 2001, and while freeing up global trade has benefited the overall economy, certain groups of Chinese citizens—specifically those in low-income rural areas—have not enjoyed many of >> Read more

Supporting Agricultural Markets in South Asia: Rural Business Hubs in India

IFPRI’s rural business hubs research, developed under USAID’s Partnership for Innovation and Knowledge in Agriculture, provides detailed market information to retail partners to guide them in reducing the cost and improving the quality of inputs and services provided to small farmers.

Rice Market Monitoring In Vietnam

The Rice Market Monitoring project, supported by ADB, identified market development as the main element of a strategy promoting the growth of the rural economy.

Innovations in Agriculture and Food Value Chains

MOTIVATION Nearly two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in the Asia-Pacific region. In order to improve food security in the region, food value chains need to be upgraded to ensure adequate and affordable food supplies. While margins of error within each segment of a food value chain may be low, collectively they can contribute >> Read more

The South Asia Initiative: Developing Pro-Poor Policies

Motivation In the early 2000s, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and USAID supported IFPRI’s implementation of the South Asia Initiative, aimed at addressing the region’s persistent problems of poverty and hunger using policy research, capacity strengthening, and policy dialogues. As one part of the initiative, IFPRI created the Policy Analysis and Advisory Network for South >> Read more

Markets for High-Value Commodities in Indonesia

Promoting Competitiveness and Inclusiveness Motivation Rapid economic growth in Indonesia has led to a rising demand for food quality and food safety, as well as the growth of supermarkets. Will smallholders benefit from supplying these growing markets, or will they be marginalized by their inability to meet the quality and quantity requirements of large-scale retailers? >> Read more