With shrinking agricultural land and increasing pressure to ensure food security, developing countries are increasingly focusing on improving agricultural productivity while ensuring sustainability of production. Processing for value added agricultural products have also become a major strategy on creating employment and increasing income for the farm households. Development projects thus need the right analytics to design and implement interventions that can contribute to sustainable growth of agricultural productivity and create opportunities for value addition and diversification.
Since our launch, we have served development partners in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Yemen and Mozambique to analyse agricultural markets and value chains, design, and manage interventions that can stimulate growth in agricultural markets. Our portfolio of sub-sectors and value chains is expanding with each assignment. Till date we have supported development projects intervening in fisheries (prawn, shrimp, tilapia, thai koi, white fish), high value crops (banana, chilli, floriculture, ground nut, maize, mustard, onion, potato, pineapple, rice, turmeric, wheat), poultry and livestock (beef fattening, dairy) sub-sectors and value chains.
CROSS CUTTING ISSUES
Climate Risk Mitigation
Climate risk mitigation refers to climate-sensitive decision making. The approach promotes sustainable development by reducing the vulnerability associated with climate risk by minimizing negative outcomes for communities in fields such as agriculture and health. Apart from mitigating adverse effects from climate risks, it also helps to maximize opportunities in climate-sensitive economic issues such as maximizing crop productivity by utilizing seasonal forecasts by farmers.
Gender & Equality
Gender & Equality mostly focuses on the Women’s Right and Economic Development. According to UNICEF, it seeks to ensure that the women and men, boy and girls enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protection but does not require them to be treated exactly alike.
The disadvantaged are typically men and women from lower-income backgrounds with reduced capability suffering from social exclusion and have limited access to resources and economic opportunities. They are often landless or marginal farmers operating on the most unproductive land.