‘Market pull’ for specific commodities is likely to be a key driver of sustainable intensification, both from the perspective of promoting improved crop and animal husbandry for better productivity and in providing incentives for natural resource management.
Institutional mechanisms that enable farmers and other community members to participate in markets are important, and will, in part, be addressed by this project interacting with other projects (such as USAID mission, ….) that focus on value chain development.
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  • What are some key factors that determine the engagement of farmers in markets?
  • What key commodity value chain development efforts in the Ethiopian Highlands are you aware of that could interact with our current project?
  • Are there existing mechanisms that provide a forum for project interaction with such development efforts?

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Michael Peters
January 27, 2012, 8:54 pm
A key factor in the value chains devlopment is likely to be an assessment of equity along the value chain in terms of benefits. I.e. who will be positively or negatively affected
Access to markets is obviously key - both markets for outputs and good input markets to enable increased productivity. Farmers engagement in markets (or lack of engagement) is a lot about risk management I guess. Maybe novel mechanisms for reducing risk e.g. insurance, diversification etc could help. Projects involving value chains for milk include the SNV BOAM project, for meat the ACDI/VOCA FEED project, for various high value commodities the Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project.
We are funding a graduate student project and a longterm research project that are exploring market issues--but not specifically focused on intensification: Peter Little's CHAINS (http://lcccrsp.org/research/east-africa/chains/): Climate variability, pastoralism, and commodity chains in Ethiopia and Kenya Osman Hamdan's work: CAMELS (http://lcccrsp.org/research/graduate-student-fellowships/camels/): Improving Adaptive Capacity and Market Participation of the Borana Pastoralists: A Value Chain Analysis of Live Camel and Camel Products in the Borana Plateau

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