Recent works that we’ve been doing since last few months.
F.M.H. Kaleel, Jayasree Krishnankutty and K. Satheesh Babu (2007)
The book aims to orient the readers on the changing market environment, in agriculture emerging on account of globalization, liberalization and the post WTO regime and the book covers the following major topics: Dimensions of market led extension; Public-private linkages in market led extension; Development of market plan; Marketing research process and design; WTO -challenges and opportunities for Indian agriculture; New agricultural policy and extension reforms; Forward market and futures trading; Group approaches in agricultural marketing; Extension approaches for commercial agriculture; Information technology support for market led extension; and . Communication and interpersonal skills.
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. The purpose of the paper is to advance understanding of inclusive growth by reviewing empirical evidence from twelve agricultural value chains that have engaged and benefited smallholders.
Making value chains more inclusive enables smallholder farmers to access markets that have previously been denied to them. To achieve this requires, among others, the right environment for growth, both domestically and for international trade, improved information flows, including through the use of ICTs, and, in particular, the willingness to innovate.
Working with smallholders in Africa KIT, Agri-ProFocus and FAO (2013)
This book looks at how 12 business service providers from across Africa run their businesses. Which services exist, what challenges do they face and how can they be supported? Though based on case studies from Africa, it provides several lessons for all of us working in Asia and other regions of the world on how to organize business development services for small farmers. A must read for all those interested in working with small farmers.
A comparative review CTA & ICRAF, 2013
This training handbook is a compilation of various tools used for livelihood assessment and valu chain analysis. It consists of five modules which describe the methods, tools and techniques for sustainable livelihood assessment.
The soft copy can be downloaded from
Module I: Sustainable Livelihood Assessment Framework
Module II. Preparation of Village Livelihood Profile (VLP)
Module III: Tuber Crops Production Systems Assessment (TCPSA)
Module IV: Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment (FSVA)
Module V: Value Chain Mapping and Analysis (VCMA)
This new publication from ADB and IFPRI discusses the transformation of value chains in Bangladesh, India and China
Enter the dragon, the elephant, and the tiger Major changes have been occurring almost unnoticed in staple value chains in Asia. The Quiet Revolution in Staple Food Value Chains documents and explains the transformation of value chains moving rice and potatoes between the farm gate and the consumer in Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, and India. The changes noted are the rapid rise of supermarkets, modern cold storage facilities, large rice mills, and commercialized small farmers using input-intensive, mechanized technologies. These changes affect food security in ways that are highly relevant for policymakers across Asia—the rise of supermarkets provides cheaper staples, more direct relations in the chains combined with branding have increased traceability, and the rise of cold storage has brought higher incomes for potato farmers and all-season access for potato consumers. The book also joins two debates that have long been separate and parallel—food industry and agribusiness development and market competitiveness—with the food security and poverty alleviation agenda.
UNIDO, IFAD and DISS (2011)
Extension organisations in several countries are currently helping farmers to market their produce by facilitating the evolution of commodity interest groups and provision of market information. There is an increasing recognition on the importance of developing pro-poor value chains but capacities to do this is limited among extension organisations. This practitioners guide from UNIDO introduces 25 questions to help lead programme designers and managers of agricultural value chain projects to success and it builds on a review of common practices in value chain development projects in Asia and the Pacific region.
This study documents the various kinds of information and communications technology (ICT) initiative being implemented globally to improve agricultural value chains and agribusinesses.
Case Studies from Uttarakhand, India International Centre for Integrated