Market Information Systems has been selected as one of the theme for the comparative research component of the ESFIM project because these institutional arrangements have acknowledged a number of significant evolutions during the last decade with the rapid dissemination of TIC (mobile, internet access…) in rural areas which are supposed to improve farmers’ market power. However, questions remain about the relevance and the impact of MIS for enhancing farmers’ position into agricultural market, and more particularly the situation of smallholders. It is worth noting that this topic has been also earmarked as a priority in six ESFIM countries. CIRAD is the designated Agrinatura institute in charge of coordinating this research. The study benefited from the material compiled and analyzed by a research group coordinated by CIRAD on the assessment of information impact for marketing decisions.
Download the pdf: ESFIM Market Information Policy Brief
Researchers from CIRAD and Wageningen UR give an overview of the different modalities and challenges in Market Information Systems. See: ESFIM Market Information Policy Brief
Agriculture Market Information Systems (MIS) collect, process and disseminate information on the situation and the dynamics of agricultural markets in order i) to improve public policies through increased awareness of market realities and ii) to increase market transparency and, by this way, to lead to a fairer and more efficient allocation of resources.
MIS information can be used by farmers both for advocating for more producer-friendly policies (through farmers’ organization) and to guide their production and marketing decisions (choice of what, when and where to sell). In addition, as small farmers’ market power is hindered by their lack of information on price levels and changes at different points of the marketing chain, strengthening smallholder farmers’ access to information can improve farmers bargaining position. read more »