Inclusive market-oriented development (IMOD) partnerships are an important dimension of Grain Legumes. Poor farmers who formerly grew legumes just to survive at a bare subsistence level are finding that they can significantly alleviate their poverty by connecting to markets.
Grain Legumes research-for-development partners are helping to ease some of the constraints that hinder IMOD, such as a lack of access to improved seed of crop varieties that express the quality characteristics that markets demand. Grain Legumes is also helping poor smallholder farmers capture a larger share of the total value that markets offer, for example by fostering institutional models that improve farmer cooperation to gain scale in processing and price negotiations, and improving farmer access to market price information.
The IMOD approach is increasing the participation of non-traditional partners such as input suppliers (particularly seed and fertilizer), extension and crop advisory services, small-scale mechanization experts, crop transporters and processors, product development teams, marketers, exporters, commodity exchanges, regional trade bodies and others. Networks and government agencies and policies play important enabling roles. These relationships are diagrammed below.