DIVERSIFYING INCOME OPPORTUNITIES WITH UNDERUSED CROPS
The Coalition to Diversify Income through Underused Crops sought to improve access to market for resource poor farmers in India and Vietnam. Project activities included setting up farmer associations; training activities in various aspects of crop production, nursery management, post harvest handling and marketing; assistance with setting up community germplasm orchards and several events for farmer-to-farmer knowledge transfer. Early results show increased household income from better knowledge about production and use of a variety of crops and from better market opportunities thanks to new processed products, improved crop quality, certification and market penetration. The socio-economic background of the farmers in the project locations in India and in Vietnam determined to a large extent how far a product could be pushed along the market chain. Whereas diversification of crop production and improved household nutrition was more prominent in most of the (rural) Indian sites, improved market penetration of selected semi-industrialised crops was in the focus of the (peri-urban) Vietnamese sites.
Jaenicke, H., The Anh, D., Ghose, N., Daniel, J.N. and Hung, N.Q. (2013). DIVERSIFYING INCOME OPPORTUNITIES WITH UNDERUSED CROPS. Acta Hortic. 979, 277-284
market access, nutrition, peri-urban, impact evaluation