Institutional demand: linking social protection with the power of procurement

Calls to increase smallholder productivity throughout the world fail to address the barriers and risks associated with poor markets present in the developing world. Institutional demand is defined as any intervention that aims to coordinate smallholder participation in markets through the procurement of food for regional distribution. Within the last two decades, there has been a surge in institutional demand policies reflected in domestic programmes and a significant growth in international donor support to procure food aid locally and/or regionally (de Schutter 2014).