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The Warehouse Receipts System: Improving Food Security in the Post-Harvest Value Chain 

As part of the Rural Agricultural Finance and Food Security (RAFFS) Practitioner Learning Program (PLP), the Kahzi Kadaimaidai Farmers Federation (KKFF) and the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme-India (AKRSPI) collaborated to examine the impact of warehouse receipts activities and delayed marketing of agricultural products on the household food security of rural clients in India. A warehouse receipts system can allow rural farmers to delay sales of recently-harvested crops by providing them with credit, storage space and market information until the market has stabilized and prices have increased. 

KKFF and AKRSPI’s study set out to discover whether better crop prices and increased income for rural farmers could ultimately lead to an improvement in food security at the household level. It was envisioned that household food security could potentially be improved in two ways: increased availability of key staple foods in the local market and better access to food as a result of additional income earned through sales of agricultural products.   

KKFF and AKRSPI documented the results of their research as well as useful lessons learned in an online comparative case study available here.

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