Rethinking Food Markets


Launched in January 2022, the Rethinking Food Markets initiative is a collaborative effort of seven CGIAR centers, including the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (Alliance Bioversity-CIAT), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and WorldFish. The initiative further collaborates with national and international partners to leverage innovations and policies that improve the functioning of food markets and value chains to address food insecurity and malnutrition, reduce poverty and income inequality, and minimize food systems’ ecological footprint.

The Rethinking Food Markets Initiative will work with a wide array of demand, innovation, and scaling partners, including funding and development partners and development banks, such as the African Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Banks, and the World Bank’s CGAP and International Finance Corporation. Demand and scaling partners will further involve national governments in the selected countries, as well as nationally and internationally operating private food businesses and business associations, such as, for example, Coldhubs (a logistics SME in Nigeria), East-West Seed International (an international seed and quality certification business), and local farmers’ organizations. Key innovation partners, include local research centres in each country and global research partners, such as Wageningen University and Research, Michigan State University, and the ISEAL Alliance.

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