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Accession Number PB2013-104747
Title Food, Agriculture and Rural Markets (FARM) Project Mid-Term Evaluation Report.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 115p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Decades of civil war and the resulting disinvestment in human and physical capital have left what is now South Sudan as one of the least developed countries in the world, lacking many of the basic conditions to support development. With its high production potential, agriculture represents one possible driver of economic growth. However, a myriad of obstacles stand in the way of realizing this potential. These include limited to no use of improved agricultural production technologies and practices that keep productivity low; poor transportation infrastructure that make markets inaccessible to many farmers; low rates of literacy and numeracy that limit farmers abilities to effectively practice farming as a business; lack of financial services available to farmers; and weak to non-existent policy, legal and regulatory framework to support agriculture. USAID launched the Food, Agriculture and Rural Markets (FARM) project in mid-February, 2010. The Mission designed the project to deliver rapid economic benefits to smallholder farmers by increasing production, improving access to markets as surpluses increased and improving the capacities of the private and public sectors to support market-led agriculture. The project works directly and intensively with farmer-based organizations (FBOs) to disseminate inputs, knowledge and services aimed at increasing production. It concurrently works to link farmers to traders and teach both groups the business skills necessary to operate effectively. Finally, through training and support for developing agricultural policy, it builds public- and private-sector capacities to support market-led agricultural growth.
Keywords Agricultural production
Agriculture markets
Developed countries
Economic growth
Food Agriculture and Rural Markets(FARM)
Rural markets

Source Agency Agency for International Development
NTIS Subject Category 43B - Economic & Community Development
98B - Agricultural Economics
96A - Domestic Commerce, Marketing, & Economics
Corporate Author Management Systems International, Inc., Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1310
Contract Number N/A

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