Market access for food security

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.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Mon 28 November 2016 until Fri 16 December 2016

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.

Course objectives

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.

Target audience

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.