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The SRAI 2 program builds upon the results of the first phase of SRAI, which ran from January 2009 through December 2012. That phase focused on research and outreach on constraints to regional agricultural trade in West Africa in the aftermath of the 2008 world food crisis, effective transmission of price incentives to West African farmers, the competitiveness of West African cereal production in the post-crisis period and how West African consumers adapted to the food crisis. The work identified the weak links between farmers and agroprocessors as a key constraint to effective transmission of incentives to farmers and spotlighted the heavy investment and policy interest of West African governments in boosting rice production to substitute for imports. Building on these results, SRAI 2 has three analytic and outreach themes: 1. Evolution of food demand in West Africa and its implications for development of agroprocessing 2. Evolution of the Asian rice market and its policy implications for rice development efforts in West Africa 3. Alternative models of value-chain organization that link smallholders more effectively to markets. The SRAI 2 program is implemented by MSU faculty, graduate research assistants, staff and African partners, both from the campus in East Lansing and from the MSU office in Bamako. The work is synergistic with other research and outreach on food security in West Africa carried out by the MSU team and financed by USAID, IFAD, the Gates Foundation, the European Union, FAO and ECOWAS.

Recent publications related to this projet concern:

  • Implications of Asia’s Changing Rice Economy for the Development of Rice Value Chains in West Africa : (also available in French)
  • La contractualisation : une opportunité pour la promotion des chaines de valeur du riz local en Afrique de l’Ouest :
  • Développement de la filière mangue au Mali: analyse des modèles de coordination et de partenariat entre les différents acteurs :
  • Linking Smallholders to Profitable Markets: A Case Study of Selected Cassava Value Chains in Ghana :
  • Linking West African Smallholders to Greater Value-Added Activities: A Case Study of Selected Rice Value Chains in Ghana :
  • Linking Smallholder Maize Farmers to the Market for Poultry Feed in Nigeria: a Case Study :
  • Case Study of Olam Outgrower Scheme in Rukubi Rice Farming Communities, Nasarawa State Nigeria :
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