The project’s expected beneficiaries and projected impact

The direct beneficiaries of theICRISAT- HOPE project will be poor smallholder farmers and their households, and those involved in the crop commodity value chain. Companies, agencies and organizations that provide seed, fertilizer, credit, and production technologies are key players in delivering impact. These entities stand to benefit through increased demand and sales. The profit opportunities created through the enhanced value chain will also sustain their participation on a continuing basis after the project ends.

Estimated numbers of households that will benefit by the end of the project’s 4th year, by crop and region:

Crop West & Central
Africa
Eastern & Southern
Africa
South Asia Total
Sorghum 30,000 25,000 45,000 100,000
Pearl millet 30,000 45,000 75,000
Finger millet 25,000 25,000
Total 60,000 50,000 90,000 200,000

About half the households are expected to be primary beneficiaries, taking advantage of seeds and most elements of the improved package. Half will be secondary beneficiaries, reached through spillovers (e.g. farmer-to-farmer transfer) and with a partial package of interventions – technology, market access, crop management, and some of the key inputs.

Consumers will benefit through more stable, lower prices (resulting from increased supply and reduced transaction costs in the market chain that could lower consumer prices without depressing producer prices) and better quality grain and products for these essential foodstuffs. Poor farmers are often also consumers themselves: they purchase significant amounts of grain for consumption after their own stocks have run out. They will benefit both as producers and consumers.

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