Seminar: A focus on market development role of national food reserve agencies in low and middle income countries.
Wednesday 4 February 2015, 13.15 - 14.15
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building, 5th Floor, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
Description:The Partnership for Child Development (PCD)'s Samrat Singh will deliver a talk focused on the market development role of national food reserve agencies in low and middle income countries. National Food Reserve Agencies also known as Strategic Grain Reserves (SGR) have a very contentious history owing to their role as instruments for ‘undesirable’ intervention in agricultural markets.
This talk will briefly touch upon the challenges of agricultural market development, the role of smallholder farmers and the implications on food and nutrition security. It will then present emerging evidence from West Africa on the transition in SGR policy and examine the increasing recognition of the need for institutionalized catalytic intervention to support small holder farmers.government intervention in agricultural markets.
The talk is based on Samrat's ongoing work with PCD who work with sub-Saharan Africa governments to implement effective HGSF programmes.