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  1. 1. BIG IDEAS New approaches to identify business and development opportunities F or almost 40 years ICRISAT has had investigators that live in villages in India collecting in-depth data on the village dynamics, issues and actions. This has been supported by a team of economists, other social scientists and business modelers. This unique data set and strong team can be leveraged to identify agribusiness and development opportunities. What can be achieved By tapping into the village dynamics data, we can: ▪▪ Facilitate new business opportunities for the private sector to capitalize on, that cater to the needs of the farmers and rural communities. This will include strengthening the capacity of the private sector in using this village dynamics data and knowledge bank to identify needs and business opportunities. ▪▪ Facilitate development initiatives particularly where public-privatecommunity partnerships are needed and develop the implementation modalities. This will include strengthening the public sector capacity in the use of social science data and insights from the villages for evidence-based decision making and formulating pro-poor policies. Science with a human face www.icrisat.org November 2013
  2. 2. Approach The approach to identify and facilitate business and development initiatives is as follows: Identifying business and development opportunities Deep insights of farmers’ needs and problems which can be solved through public/private partnerships Deep insights of private sector interests & needs for information, knowledge and data for the development of business proposals Capacity building of the private sector companies and public sector organizations through face-to-face and online training programs for: - the use of village dynamic data for the development of innovative business propositions - database management and Knowledge Bank for understanding key performance indicators and evidence-based decision making. Catalyst for stakeholder partnering and support Organize dialogues to increase interaction between agricultural researchers, government officials and private companies to increase awareness about new opportunities and actions required to realize identified opportunities Knowledge Bank and clearing house on village agriculture and emerging business opportunities, set up as an on-line portal The Village Dynamics data This dataset is the longest ever time series panel data with nearly 40 years of data collected by full time investigators who live in the villages. It has the most in-depth understanding of any village level dynamics. It also includes the first and only ever collated meso-level data in India. It also has household and district level insights. The data covers: Demographics Crop production (inputs and outputs) Livestock production (inputs and outputs) Asset ownership Consumption expenditure The data warehouse, popularly known as the Village Dynamics Studies Knowledge Bank, is an online repository of panel data with user friendly data retrieval system and online analytical processing (OLAP) features. It is the first of its kind in the world for management of rural household survey data, providing online access to panel data and analytical reports. It gives the users a number of options like downloading Raw Data, Summary Reports and User Defined Reports. The Knowledge Bank integrated long-term Village Level Studies panel dataset collected by ICRISAT for the period 1975 to 2008 and data collected jointly by ICRISAT and partners from 42 villages across India and Bangladesh for the period 2009 to 2011. Employment and wages Involvement Land and soil Select a region to implement or incorporate this approach into all the locations of interest. South Asia (India and Bangladesh) will be the initial target region. Lessons from South Asia can then be articulated for other parts of Asia and Africa. Market prices Transaction Rainfall Gender disaggregation Nutrition aspects Gender empowerment factors And more… 2 A concept note for Ensuring nutritional security in rural India Contact Cynthia Bantilan, Director, Research Program on Markets, Institutions and Policies Email: c.bantilan@cgiar.org

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