Price Crashes in Agricultural Commodities: A Global Phenomenon

Commodity price fluctuations are more than just a demand-supply mismatch. While in India, the production is mostly unplanned, markets may or may not have the capacity to absorb all of the produce, leading to decline in price.  Farmers have been known to sow crops based on last season prices. More often than not, it leads to excess production and thus oversupply. The monsoon has played its part in bumper harvest…

A Study of the Goat Value Chain In Banswara and Dungarpur, Rajasthan

The Rajasthan Socio Economic Development Project (RSED) in Banswara and Dungarpur, Rajasthan seeks to empower the community of farmers through developing a pro poor goat value chain among other broader objectives for poverty alleviation. Goat rearing is being widely practiced in the region and this study was undertaken to analyze the same in the two districts to put forth the potential to generate higher income through developing the goat enterprise…

Policy Analysis and Policy Dialogue on Development and Scaling Up of Value Chain Initiatives

The study had been commissioned under the project “Regional Training Facility for Scaling up Pro-Poor Value Chains”, a collaborative project of IFAD and HELVETAS. It is a part of the Multi country study aimed at identifying policy/constraints/bottlenecks and opportunities for Value Chain Development (VCD) initiatives. The countries included in the project are Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. In this study, the focus was on the findings from…