Focus areas

New vision and innovation is urgently needed to change the way we currently produce, distribute and consume food.

There is a rising need to transform food systems and value chains so that they are more diverse, inclusive, and economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. Coupling technological advances with sociocultural and policy changes can transform food systems to reach these sustainable development goals.

This is why the CGIAR ‘Rethinking Food Markets’ Research Initiative is exploring the impact of bundling different types of innovations, incentive structures, and policies on smallholder farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to drive change in three key focus areas.

Below you will find:

  • Key resources, guidance and events from the Initiative’s three key focus areas
  • Meta-studies of the existing literature on the effectiveness and scalability of different innovations
Explore the innovation knowledge base from the Initiative's focus areas:


Creating more and better employment in agrifood systems

The One CGIAR Research Initiative on “Rethinking Food Markets and Value Chains for Inclusion and Sustainability” commissioned a meta-study to review the available evidence and to identify knowledge gaps regarding the impacts on employment in agrifood value chains integration and modernization processes in developing countries. This review included 290 texts, mostly journal articles, but also book chapters and reports.