The food systems in South Asia have been undergoing significant transformation. This transformation in South Asia poses several challenges.
Did you know, milk contributes one-fifth to the gross value of agricultural output which is larger than the value of output of rice and wheat put together. In the past four- five decades, India’s dairy sector have seen a significant grown, despite poor access to markets and institutional credit, this progress was possible by millionsRead more
IFPRI recently organized a five day study tour on contract farming and value chain analysis in India for a delegation from Nepal. The program was designed to analyse the conditions for success of contract farming and to assess the business environment for contract farming. The study tour aimed to demonstrate the benefits of contract farmingRead more
Most smallholder farms are family-based—of the world’s 570 million farms, 88 percent are family farms while 84 percent are small. Smallholder farms, with an average size of 2 hectares or less, provide not only livelihoods to 2.5 billion people but also 80 percent of the food consumed in Asia and Africa south of the Sahara.Read more
Pallavi Rajkhowa is Senior Research Assistant at IFPRI’s New Delhi office Despite being the largest producer of mangoes, adding to about 40.5 per cent of world production, the mango value chain in India suffers from inefficient markets, unavailable formal finance, low prices to farmers, and infrastructure bottlenecks etc. Even today, the traditional mango value chainRead more