Local fresh food markets and value chains are potential vehicles to achieve inclusive development, food and nutrition security, and poverty reduction. This course provides a platform for professionals where experiences in these domains are shared, and strategic action plans for positive change developed.
Towards pro-poor & inclusive market development
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.
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.