Most of the world’s poor live in rural areas. Pro-poor transformation of rural economies requires increasing agricultural productivity and efficiency along value chains, diversifying economic activity, and integrating the rural economy into the broader economy through sound market systems. And for the rural and urban poor alike food security is rooted in sufficient, sustainable income.
In helping to achieve this rural transformation, Nathan Associates emphasizes the private sector as the engine of growth and the public sector as the enabler of growth through sound policies and effective delivery of public goods. Our assistance is grounded in deep understanding of
The expert staff of Nathan Associates London Ltd
Analyze rural sector policies and develop sector strategies
Our economists conduct policy analyses that shape reforms, rural sector strategy development, and investment projects. Analysis takes into account the country’s political economy, stage of development, linkages between the rural economy and the wider economy, and impact at the farm and value chain level.
Develop and apply market-based approaches to rural development
We use the Making Markets Work Better for the Poor (M4P) approach, which addresses market failures by supporting and promoting systemic change in how markets work. Through value chain and market system analysis, we identify constraints in agricultural markets, including input and output markets, and develop solutions that change the structure of incentives so that market interactions benefit the poor. M4P can have spectacular results through successfully aligning business incentives with development objectives.
Manage and support development programs that engage the rural poor in the market economy
We manage challenge funds, value chain interventions, and agricultural support services and help redefine public and private sector roles through organizational reform and change management, with emphasis on participatory approaches and market linkages.
Advise on and provide technical assistance to diversify economic activity in rural areas
We analyze the rural economy to find options for growth that will provide jobs and incomes for the poor. This includes assessing the political economy, competitiveness gaps, value chains, and the institutional capacity of public and private sector stakeholders.
Our U.S.-based economists advance food security by