Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

Wageningen International: Market access and sustainable development
Wageningen, The Netherlands
5 November 2007 - 16 November 2007
Wageningen International

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges Wageningen International as the source of this information:

Today, markets are increasingly seen as a good instrument for poverty reduction and sustainable development. However, market failures and shortcomings can diminish the impact of markets on poverty.

Taking market trends and development as a given, and taking market principles as a possible basis for sustainable development, this course will examine the doís and doníts of market-driven development and the implications for policy makers, researchers, private sector, development organisations and international agencies.

Course focus

This international course is an introduction to how markets can be used as tools to alleviate poverty in a sustainable manner. The topic will be approached via two related questions, namely:

  1. How can the poor effectively engage in market development?
  2. How can the poor access markets better with their products?
The first question is posed in order to shed some light on the preconditions under which poor producers and small entrepreneurs can enter into markets and benefit from them. We will study control over basic assets (i.e. social, human, natural, financial and physical assets), access to financial and business services, and the institutional framework (laws and regulations, gender issues, infrastructure, security, trade policy, etc). It will be seen that for each product-market combination, it is possible to identify a minimum asset base, access to services and institutional context with which the poor can effectively engage in market development.

The second question is intended to identify the product requirements of local, regional and international markets and their implications for production by poor producers and small entrepreneurs. For example, access of products to markets is increasingly determined by food safety issues, product traceability, certification and standardisation.

Aims and objectives

The course aims to support policy makers, development organisations and professionals in their new role as market facilitators.

This course introduces participants to the conceptual frameworks related to market development which can be used to analyse the market context and identify pro-poor development opportunities within it. The course also provides practical tools and instruments to be used to develop appropriate market-driven policies, business programs and private sector development projects.

Fellowship application deadline: June 1, 2007
Application deadline: October 5, 2007

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