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.
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.
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
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
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
When cotton prices drop in producing countries, rural poverty rates tend to increase.