Case Studies

Native Potato: Colors with Identity

FONTAGRO promotes the native potato and its economic and cultural significance in the Andean Region.

Giving U.S. restaurants the chance to savor native maize from Mexico’s low income farming communities

Farmers in the Central Valley, the Southern Highlands and the Oaxaca coast are participating in joint programs with MasAgro (the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture program) to improve native maize. The grain produced has found a new niche market in exclusive restaurants offering fine cuisine in Mexico and the United States.

Looking Closely at Value Chain Performance

Growing interest in value chains development has led to a proliferation of tools for value chain analysis, the results of which inform the design of value chain development initiatives. Recent research, however, has pointed to important gaps in the coverage of these tools, such as gender equity and impact assessment. The Value Chain Knowledge […]

A Public-Private Partnership For Responsible Sourcing

A three-year Responsible Sourcing Partnership brought together the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Walmart Foundation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., SEBRAE — Minas Gerais, and Fair Trade USA to link 12 cooperatives representing more than 30,000 Brazilian coffee farmers with mass market coffee consumers in the U.S. through Fair Trade Certified products. With contributions from all […]

What Mechanization Can Mean For a Farming Community

In the Altiplano region of Southern Bolivia, where an arid landscape and harsh temperature extremes make farming difficult, farm families are finding opportunity in producing quinoa, a high-protein grain that is part of the traditional local diet but...

The Masagro Móvil Project in Mexico

MasAgro Móvil, an agricultural information service for mobile devices launched in 2012 by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) with the support of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA), is a subscription service that delivers...

Farm Revenue Insurance Spurring Growth

In recent years, when negotiating their production loans for the upcoming season, farmers in Brazil have been offered a new way to protect themselves against financial loss: Farm revenue insurance offered by Credicoamo, the credit arm of Latin America’s largest...

Innovation Systems Practices

While efforts to improve agricultural innovation have typically focused primarily on training and organizational capacity development, there is an emerging practice that is centered on improving incentives for cooperation and strengthening linkages among relevant actors through...