This guide is the fourth in a series of documents designed to support agencies implementing participatory agroenterprise development programs operating within defined geographical areas. This guide was developed as a key step in the 'area-based approach to rural agroenterprise development'. It is based on the principles of developing market-led interventions that go beyond single intervention projects. The aim of this guide is to enable service providers to work with a range of actors in selected market chains and design interventions that initiate systemic changes in the marketplace. 113 p. 21.5 x 28 cm.
Keywords: Small enterprises; Rural areas; Farmer participation; Market research; Farmers; Small farms; Markets; Developing countries; Participatory research; Productive chains; Rural agroenterprises
This guide is the second in a series of documents designed to support agencies implementing participatory agroenterprise development programs operating within defined geographical areas. The aim of this guide is to provide a systematic means to select and evaluate an area; establish an overall working group to support inter-institutional agroenterprise development; profile client groups to implement enterprises; agree area plans for joint activities. 53 p. 21.5 x 28 cm.
Keywords: Participatory research; Rural development; Enterprises; Small farms; Partnerships; Community involvement; Capacity building; Empowerment; Training; Innovation; Planning
This paper describes a strategy developed by CIAT's Rural Agroenterprise Development (RAeD) project, to address the entrepreneurial development needs of institutions that support rural communities. The methods, tools, learning approaches and research agenda described, were developed as a result of many collaborative projects undertaken over the past 10 years in Latin America, Africa and South East Asia. These methods focus on realizing new agroenterprise opportunities. Key elements in the strategy include ways to: (1) Develop partnerships, evaluate project site resources and prepare joint plans; (2) Evaluate market trends, demand and identify market opportunities; (3) Develop business plans to foster rural enterprises, and business support services; (4) Assess project performance and introduce mechanisms for scaling up; (5) Share knowledge and effect institutional change towards market oriented innovation systems; (6) Advocate for improved marketing and trade policies. 44 p. 21.5 x 28 cm.
Keywords: Agroindustrial development; Participatory research; Agroindustrial sector; Partnerships; Research networks; Organization of research; Socioeconomic environment; Market research; Innovation; Rural development; Trade policies; Case studies; Colombia; Honduras; Uganda; Lao
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