Livelihoods & agriculture

Supporting inclusive growth, food security and poverty reduction through innovation, market-based development and rural transformation.

IMC Worldwide partners with local communities, governments, international development agencies, NGOs, and the private sector to address some of the world’s primary development challenges.

We have a long history of delivering projects that achieve positive impacts on livelihoods. We do this through supporting the provision of much needed access to markets and services for disadvantaged people in both rural and urban contexts—including vulnerable, marginalised and geographically isolated communities who have been unable to benefit from economic growth, and access basic services such as education, health, environmental management and governance.

To do this, IMC works with donors, and at both ends of the private sector spectrum, from promoting micro-scale income generating activities for poor households and improving practice amongst smallholders, to supporting international value chains of major commodities and making markets work better for the poor. We believe that these activities have an important part to play in helping people step up and out of poverty.

Services

IMC provides a range of inclusive and innovative services designed to promote livelihood sustainability for poor, vulnerable and isolated communities, including;

  • Private sector development/scale up
  • Innovative and results based financing mechanisms
  • The role of ICT technology in agriculture
  • Women’s economic empowerment
  • Climate smart agriculture (adaptive and resilient to climate change)
  • Delivery of rural services and energy access
  • Institutional strengthening and capacity development

Recent projects

India: Evaluation of CABI Direct2Farm Mobile Agri-Advisory Service Scale Up in India, DFID

Direct2Farm (D2F) is a mobile-enabled agriculture infomediary service aimed at making high quality information readily accessible to farmers. IMC have been commissioned to evaluate the effect of the services in terms of behaviour change, sustainability and effectiveness, using a mixed method approach, making use of qualitative and quantitative information. Evaluation methods are being combined with rigorous statistical analysis and GIS based outputs.

Worldwide: Evidence on Demand – Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services for Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Resource Centre, DFID

www.evidenceondemand.org

Evidence on Demand is part of a new generation of resource centres, providing knowledge services to DFID advisors and the wider international development community in the areas of climate change, environment, infrastructure and livelihoods. IMC (in joint venture with DAI Limited) has provided direct support on issues such as: social and gender issues linked to tackling deforestation, technology to promote transparency around land acquisitions, cities in developing countries and their development in response to climate change and resource scarcity, donor approaches to improving access to finance for independent WASH providers, agriculture and growth, adaptation: decision making under uncertainty.

India and Worldwide: Innovations Knowledge Exchange Facility for Agri-Food & Health Sectors, DFID.

As part of DFID India’s new Innovative Ventures for Development Prorgramme, IMC is delivering the demand led Innovations Knowledge Exchange Facility (IKEF). IKEF will identify businesses in the Agri-Food and Health Sectors in developing countries who wish to grow through innovation but are looking for support. It will link them to businesses in India with innovations and a desire to expand internationally. And it will provide technical assistance and funding to emerging partnerships to pilot and then to scale new ventures.

Nepal: Improving livelihoods & welfare with better rural access. Rural Access Programme, DFID

Since 1999, IMC has worked in Nepal on the Rural Access Programme (RAP) to improve the connectivity of rural communities, thereby enhancing economic and employment opportunities, improving access to goods and services by developing a more resilient rural transport network, and improving economic opportunities through training, income generation activities, building economic infrastructure, and development of the private sector.

Vietnam: Productive Rural Infrastructure Development in Central Highlands, ADB

IMC has provided Technical Assistance in the preparation of a seven year investment programme to rehabilitate and upgrade critical productive rural infrastructure such as irrigation systems, rural access routes, and local markets. This will enable communities to respond to market signals by: increasing agricultural intensity and diversity; providing quicker and safer access to markets, employment opportunities, and social services; and, reducing costs of rural production and marketing, as well as reducing food wastage. Improved productive rural infrastructure will increase incomes from both on- and off-farm employment, decreases the burden of chores on women, and increases food availability even when yields are constant.

Uganda: Results Based Finance in the Improved Cook Stove Sector, World Bank

IMC carried out a study to help the ACCES programme and other development partners in designing and implementing Results Based Financing (RBF) approaches to support the clean cookstoves sector.