Pulses are packaged for sale in a Zambian market

This project aims to help the Dry Grain Pulses Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) alleviate poverty and enhance food and nutrition security. To do so, we're improving knowledge about the economics of bean and cowpea supply chains in Zambia.

Objectives for Category I:
Development of Baseline Knowledge and Benchmark Metrics
  1. Identify the different supply chains used by the Zambian pulse industry and describe the characteristics of those using them at the different loci of the supply chains
  2. Identify and estimate the effects of stakeholder characteristics on producers' supply chain participation decisions
  3. Describe and estimate the pecuniary and non-pecuniary value accruing to the different supplly chain participants
  4. Identify the institutional and policy issues influencing value creation and determine if any effect differences exist by crop, location, gender and stage of the chain
  5. Use the results from the foregoing to develop policy recommendations to improve producers' ability to increase the value they receive from supply chain transactions.


Objectives for Category II:
Alternative Governance Systems' Effects on Value Creation and Capture
  1. Work with specific industry stakeholders to pilot different governance systems to identify the factors and participant characteristics influencing performance.
  2. Use the pilot activity's results to develop outreach programs, program advocates and program advisory support systems to help producers and their partners develop the requisite skills to improve their economic well-being.