The Agribusiness Program focuses on research and adoption of initiatives and innovations to improve business outcomes for smallholder farmers, their communities and their industries. It includes research at all points along the agricultural, forestry and fisheries value chain, such as input supply, production and harvest at the farm level, as well as post-harvest activities and shipping, processing, packaging and marketing of farm products
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This project focuses on creating, delivering and equitably sharing greater value from domestically produced pulses (as opposed to focusing solely on supply) as a socially inclusive way of reducing poverty among male and female smallholder pulses growers in Pakistan.
This project focused on three main crops, chilli, tomato and mango, to investigate existing marketing arrangements, assess domestic and foreign market potential and identify pathways to address main problems. It then formulated an appropriate marketing policy reforms programme, drawing on both Pakistani and international reform experiences
Drawing on the lessons from economic development in China and elsewhere, this research reveals that smallholder farmers have a vital role in Pakistan’s future. Detailed economic and market analysis has underpinned extensive consultation with provincial and national policymakers. The result is a robust policy framework, complete with detailed advice on how to implement an integrated approach to transform smallholder agriculture.