How can we make smallholder agriculture in the semi-arid tropics more profitable and resilient?. Working Paper Series No. 59

Orr, A and Mausch, K (2014) How can we make smallholder agriculture in the semi-arid tropics more profitable and resilient?. Working Paper Series No. 59. Working Paper. International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics, Nairobi, Kenya.

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This White Paper synthesizes current knowledge about how to make smallholder agriculture in the semi-arid tropics (SAT) more profitable and resilient. To structure the discussion, we developed a simple conceptual framework based on the CGIAR Research Programs for Dryland Cereals and Grain Legumes, which are led by ICRISAT. The framework links demand drivers, smallholder diversity, product lines, impact pathways, and impacts. Product lines are developed in response to demand drivers, which include not only income and urbanization but also shocks. We distinguish between reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience and how these operate at crop, household, and system level. Smallholder diversity is recognized by developing product lines for two target groups, namely subsistence- and market-oriented farmers. We identify the key demand drivers and shocks that create demand for new technology. Development domains show the role of endowments in determining smallholder demand for different types of product lines...

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Divisions: RP-Market Institutions and Policies
CRPS: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets
Series Name: Working Paper Series No. 59
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smallholder agriculture, Drivers, Smallholder diversity, Profitable, Open-Pollinated Varieties (OPVs)
Subjects: Others > Food legumes
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Ms. Ishrath Durafsha
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2015 08:49
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 05:08
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/8623
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