Do men and women benefit equally from technology adoption? New paper explores

Researchers have sought to understand what keeps women’s observed rates of agricultural technology adoption low. But what happens after a new technology is adopted by a household? Do women’s lives really become better? Are they more empowered? A new paper explores these questions using the example of adopting small-scale irrigation technologies in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania.

How much for the local apples?

Study showed that nearly 75% of consumers in Cusco, Peru were willing to pay at least 10% more for the locally grown fruits. Those ready to pay premium were on average younger, more educated, had higher household incomes, and had more young children.

Toward leaner and more effective value chain development. Special journal edition on inclusive VCD and associated services

Since the early 2000’s, practitioners and researchers have been working on ways to design market-oriented development interventions with smallholders. Many of the findings have provided positive experiences by a given NGO or project in a particular context. Early writings helped to put value chain development (VCD) on the development agenda, while advancing innovation in market-based >> Read more

Business models to benefit women and men farmers: LINK methodology with gender lens

This story by Tatiana Gumucio originally written for the CIAT blog tells about how adding a specific gender lens to the already proven LINK methodology (set of tools for developing inclusive business models) can help promote business environment that better serves both men and women smallholder farmers. The pilot testing of the updated LINK was carried out with vegetable >> Read more

Book synopsis: Innovation for inclusive value-chain development: Successes and challenges

Innovation for inclusive value-chain development: Successes and challenges, a forthcoming book edited by André Devaux, Maximo Torero, Jason Donovan, and Douglas Horton and published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) draws on research on agricultural innovation, rural livelihoods, value chains, and contract farming in different geographic, social, economic, and institutional contexts to identify several common themes >> Read more