How to make markets work for the poor? Local fresh food markets and value chains are potential vehicles to achieve inclusive economic development, food and nutrition security, and poverty reduction. This course makes you up-to-date on pro-poor and inclusive market development. The course provides a platform for professionals where experiences are shared, and strategic action plans for positive change developed. Professionals who are responsible for shaping the environment in which markets can function optimally, will in this course increase their knowledge, improve their skills and enlarge their toolkit by following this highly interactive course.
If a short course cannot take place in the original location due to COVID-19 measures, WCDI will look into alternative learning solutions.
What will you learn?
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Understand conceptual frameworks related to market development, market participation, chain governance and institutional change, which can be used to identify pro-poor and inclusive development opportunities for poverty alleviation and inclusion of small-holders and small entrepreneurs;
- Be able to support policymakers, development practitioners and professional service providers in their new role as market facilitators;
- Be able to apply participatory approaches, methods and tools for analysis, and a strategic action planning process to develop innovative development interventions that are market-led, pro-poor and inclusive;
- Have made your own strategic action plan based on participant’s cases.
For who is this course?
The course is intended for professionals of development agencies, staff at government departments, non-government and civil society organisations, business associations, universities and colleges of higher education, and for other professionals that are responsible for formulating projects, making policies and shaping the enabling environment where markets and chains can be put to work for smallholder inclusive, pro-poor and gender sensitive development. Proficiency in English is required.
Course programme in more detail
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.
Application for this course
On top of this page you can apply for the course Market Access for Food and Nutrition Security. Depending on your nationality, your organisation and the type of course you wish to join, your eligibility and the application procedures may differ. Find out more about the requirements and the application process.