Today, markets have become mainstream instruments for poverty reduction, smallholder inclusion and increased food & nutrition security. However, market dynamics, failures and shortcomings often diminish the desired impacts and/or long term effects. This international course shows participants to which extent and in which manner markets can be used to induce and prolong positive change.
Towards pro-poor & inclusive market development
Opening markets for smallholders and their products
This course takes market trends as a given, and market dynamics as a possible basis to match a variety of development objectives and examines the do’s and don’ts of market-led development. Participants will be challenged to find answers to the following interrelated questions:
- how can smallholders effectively engage in market development?
- how can consumers better secure safe & nutitious food?
These questions will be addressed in several modules. The first module deals with market economic dynamics, and how to engage small-scale farmers and rural dwellers. The second module deals with all the issues a product comes across on its way to consumers: the institutions that govern food markets.
The third module deals with a strategic planning process and the tools that can be used to develop appropriate and targeted action plans, project proposals and/or programmes. The development of project proposals, based on a selection of participants cases, and in which all the lessons learned will be practised and internalised, is an integral part of the curriculum.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- be more competent in the area of market access by differentiating between issues related to market participation, chain governance and institutional change;
- understand conceptual frameworks related to market development which can be used to identify pro-poor and inclusive development opportunities;
- be able to support policymakers, development practitioners and professional service providers in their new role as market facilitators;
- be able to apply tools and instruments to develop market-led, pro-poor, inclusive and/or food secure development interventions.
The course is intended for staff of government departments, non-government and civil society organisations, business associations, development agencies, universities and colleges of higher education, and for other professionals working in the domain of market-driven development. Proficiency in English is required.