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Strengthening Rural Institutions

Improving livelihoods through pluralistic services and institution-building

The Rural Institutions, Services and Empowerment (RISE) team recognizes the plurality of service providers, public and private, that cater to the diverse needs and demands of small producers and their organizations.

Pluralistic service systems (PSS) – in which a wide range of services are provided by different actors and funding sources – have the potential to make services more inclusive, demand responsive and market-oriented.

The triple functions of Producer Organizations in Pluralistic market-oriented services (PMOS):

  • Providing services - Rural Advisory services, credit, mechanization, postharvest handling, storage, branding,… 

  • Consolidation - Aggregation of produce, bulk purchase, pooling resources, accumulation of assets and infrastructure

  • Advocacy and representation – lobbying, policy dialogue, articulating demand, negotiation