Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD)

ICRISAT, - (2013) Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD). Documentation. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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During 2010, we conducted an in-depth review of ICRISAT’s strategy vis-a-vis dryland agriculture in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, with its marginalized, resource-poor and perennially shock-prone communities. ICRISAT challenged this pessimistic view and found that the ingenious and resourceful dryland farmers can indeed increase their crop productivity and incomes by several-fold while improving the resilience of their lands and livelihoods by applying scientific innovations backed up by adequate policy, marketing and other support services. The result was a recognition of the need for market connections to extricate the highly vulnerable subsistence farmers out of poverty. It was strongly felt that harnessing markets for smallholder farmers combined with research for development to improve systems for managing risks would bring them into the mainstream to take part in and benefit from development. Thus was born our Inclusive Market-Oriented Development or IMOD strategy to 2020. IMOD is about producing surpluses that can be stored as food to serve as a buffer in times of hunger and sold to markets. Income from marketed produce enables farm families to purchase more food when needed, including inputs such as seeds, fertilizer, labor, tools, livestock, insurance and education. These will further raise farm productivity, triggering a series of investments leading to economic growth. As this is sustained, it creates a self-reinforcing pathway to prosperity. ICRISAT’s mission is to help the world to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics of the developing world. We do this through partnership-based agricultural research-for-development. What follows is a detailed account of what made us re-examine our strategy, and the exciting renewal that our new strategy represents.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
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Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 08:29
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2013 08:29
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/7257
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