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Innovative Markets for Sustainable Agriculture: How innovations in market institutions encourage sustainable agriculture in developing countries

Author: Allison Loconto, Anne Sophie Poisot ,Pilar Santacoloma
Publisher:Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
2016

Between 2013 and 2015, FAO and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) undertook a survey of innovative approaches that enable markets to act as incentives in the transition towards sustainable agriculture in developing countries. Through a competitive selection process, 15 cases from around the world provide insights into how small-scale initiatives that use sustainable production practices are supported by market demand, and create innovations in the institutions that govern sustainable practices and market exchanges. These cases respond to both local and distant consumers’ concerns about the quality of the food that they eat. The book evidences that the initiatives rely upon social values (e.g. trustworthiness, health [nutrition and food safety], food sovereignty, promotion of youth and rural development, farmer and community livelihoods) to adapt sustainable practices to local contexts, while creating new market outlets for food products. Specifically, private sector and civil society actors are leading partnerships with the public sector to build market infrastructure, integrate sustainable agriculture into private and public education and extension programmes, and ensure the exchange of transparent information about market opportunities.

Organization: UN agency
Region: Global coverage
Coverage: Benin, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Iran, Namibia, Nigeria, Philippines, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda
Areas of focus: Food supply and distribution
Tags: Certification schemes, Food system analysis, Markets