In collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), researchers at the Evans School are evaluating and conducting research on the effectiveness of new activities and findings about the rural poor and their interactions with markets.

Individuals in poor rural communities engaged in tenuous agriculturally-based livelihoods have narrow margins for error. Expanding activity and managing risk through diversifying or building a cushion of security is limited by poorly functioning land, labor, and commodity and credit markets. In response to these problems, and to the chronic poverty and insecurity they portend, IFAD’s "Program for Improving Market Participation of the Poor in Ha Tinh and Tra Vinh Provinces" (IMPP) is designed to build infrastructure, invest in skills training, and offer financial services to diversify livelihood strategies.

Research Papers

Research Briefs

Technical Reports