IMOD and ICRISAT:
IMOD is a central pillar of ICRISAT’s research-for-development strategy.
This framework helps researchers focus on what really matters to farmers, which in turn helps farmers harness markets forces and reduce risk. Subsistence and very poor farmers are highly risk averse – they simply can’t afford to have their crops fail – so research-for-development technologies and innovations must be geared towards helping smallholders manage uncertainties that often preclude them from taking advantage of market opportunities.
Central to the IMOD approach is the delivery of ICRISAT’s six development outputs and outcomes. First among these is food sufficiency. Experience has shown that once household food security is achieved, most farmers are ready to intensify production and produce surpluses that they can store, or that they can sell. Once intensification succeeds, farmers are then able to move up the curve to invest in higher value crops that boost incomes,as well as reinvest in their farms.