The SRAI 2 program builds upon the results of the first phase of SRAI, which ran from January 2009 through December 2012. That phase focused on research and outreach on constraints to regional agricultural trade in West Africa in the aftermath of the 2008 world food crisis, effective transmission of price incentives to West African farmers, the competitiveness of West African cereal production in the post-crisis period and how West African consumers adapted to the food crisis. The work identified the weak links between farmers and agroprocessors as a key constraint to effective transmission of incentives to farmers and spotlighted the heavy investment and policy interest of West African governments in boosting rice production to substitute for imports. Building on these results, SRAI 2 has three analytic and outreach themes: 1. Evolution of food demand in West Africa and its implications for development of agroprocessing 2. Evolution of the Asian rice market and its policy implications for rice development efforts in West Africa 3. Alternative models of value-chain organization that link smallholders more effectively to markets. The SRAI 2 program is implemented by MSU faculty, graduate research assistants, staff and African partners, both from the campus in East Lansing and from the MSU office in Bamako. The work is synergistic with other research and outreach on food security in West Africa carried out by the MSU team and financed by USAID, IFAD, the Gates Foundation, the European Union, FAO and ECOWAS.
The Changing Asian Rice Economy and its Implications for the Development of the Rice Subsector in West Africa. Ramziath T. Adjao and John M. Staatz. Presentation at the 3rd Africa Rice Congress. Yaoundé, Cameroon. October 2013.
Theme 3: Alternative models of value-chain organization that link smallholders more effectively to marketsTop
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Under this theme, SRAI 2 researchers and their West African partners have conducted a set of case studies of different models of linking smallholder farmers to downstream value-added activities, such as agroprocessing and export of high-value crops. The aim is to identify key factors contributing to the success of these models in different value chains, institutional settings and agro-ecological conditions.
A. Synthesis Report on Linking Smallholders to Value-Added Markets