DAPA’s Linking Farmers to Markets Research Group (formerly CIAT's Tool for Agro-Enterprise Development)

How can market linkages be achieved through comprehensive processes that promote rural agribusiness development? Finding answers to this question is part of our work as a research group that aims to contribute to the reduction of rural poverty by facilitating inclusive businesses with smallholder producers. To this end, DAPA’s Linking Farmers to Markets Research Group (formerly known as Rural Agroenterprise Development Project), has developed various methodological guides and tools to support other institutions such as NGOs, development agencies, governmental institutions or private sector actors that are interested in implementing participatory agribusiness development programmes. In the following documents you can find methodologies, tools and learning approaches that have been developed as a result of numerous collaborative projects in Latin America, Africa and South-East Asia over the past 10 years. The approaches focus on three dimensions: (i) capable producers; (ii) willing buyers; and (iii) the enabling environment. When these factors come together, it is possible to establish trading relationships that are both durable and profitable for farmers and buyers and thus contribute to the reduction of poverty and hunger. The presented methodologies follow the theories of knowledge management to help facilitate a continuous learning experience of the various actors involved in rural development processes. Tools include: Strategy Paper: A Participatory and Area-based Approach to Rural Agroenterprise Development. Good Practice Manual 1. A Participatory Guide to Developing Partnerships, Area Resource Assessment and Planning Together. Good Practice Guide 2. Identifying Market Opportunities for Rural Smallholder Producers. Good Practice Guide 3. Participatory Market Chain Analysis for Smallholder Producers. Good Practice Guide 4. LINK Methodology version 2.0. A participatory guide to design, implement and evaluate inclusive business models with farmers Discovering the Power of Reflection. Guide for the Systematization of Experiences (Spanish only) Market Knowledge: An Innovation Compass. Promoters of Innovation for Rural Agro-industry (GIAR), a Way to Get to this Knowledge (Spanish only)

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Website http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/methodologies-to-make-market-linkages-work/
Contributing organisations International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Contact person Mark Lundy
Alternate contact Matthias Jager, Alexandra Amrein, Nelson Mango
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