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How Can Pull Mechanisms Address Market Failures in a Developing Country's Agricultural Sector?

Tulika Narayan, Ph.D., Abt Global, research director for the AgResults Evaluation; Denise Mainville, Ph.D., Denise Mainville Consulting, qualitative lead for the AgResults Evaluation.


December 11, 2017

8 steps of design and implementation

Abt Global, the external evaluator for the $122 million, multi-donor AgResults initiative, recently examined the use of pull mechanisms to catalyze greater private sector investment in markets serving smallholder farmers, using as a case study AgResults’ Kenya On-Farm Storage pilot.
Pull mechanisms require a solid understanding of the market and the motivations of the private sector. The paper identifies key steps in developing pull mechanisms and recommends ongoing monitoring and evaluation to allow for ongoing (and essential) adjustments. The accompanying graphic identifies necessary steps.

Sub-Saharan Africa