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Industry Research - Impact Advisory Services LLC

Industry Research


Impact Advisory Services Inc. undertakes applied market intelligence and analytics research in the commodities (specializing in agricultural commodities and rural development) and food industry sectors.

Most of the world’s poor live in rural areas. Pro-poor transformation of rural economies requires increasing agricultural productivity and efficiency along value chains, diversifying economic activity, and integrating the rural economy into the broader economy through sound market systems. And for the rural and urban poor alike food security is rooted in sufficient, sustainable income.

In helping to achieve this rural transformation, IAS emphasizes the private sector as the engine of growth and the public sector as the enabler of growth through sound policies and effective delivery of public goods.

Analyze rural sector policies and develop sector strategies

Our policy analyses shape reforms, rural sector strategies, and investment projects, taking into account a country’s political economy and stage of development, linkages between the rural economy and the wider economy, and the impact of policy on value chains and farms.

Develop and apply market-based approaches to rural development

We use the Making Markets Work Better for the Poor (M4P) approach, which addresses market failures by supporting and promoting systemic change in how markets work. Through value chain and market system analysis, we identify constraints in agricultural markets, including input and output markets, and develop solutions that change the structure of incentives so that market interactions benefit the poor. M4P can have spectacular results through successfully aligning business incentives with development objectives.

Manage and support development programs that engage the rural poor in the market economy

We manage challenge funds, value chain interventions, and agricultural support services and help redefine public and private sector roles through organizational reform and change management, with emphasis on participatory approaches and market linkages.

Advise on and provide technical assistance to diversify economic activity in rural areas

We analyze the rural economy to find options for growth that will provide jobs and incomes for the poor. This includes assessing the political economy, competitiveness gaps, value chains, and the institutional capacity of public and private sector stakeholders.

Impact Advisory Services Inc.’s research is manifested typically in case studies, ad hoc papers and articles.


  1. Production, processing and trade data collection – both desktop reviews and field research
    • Production: national and county level outputs
      • On farm cost and return estimates
    • Foreign/cross border trade: annual and monthly trade (volume/value).
    • Prices: producer, wholesale, and retail figures for selected commodities
    • Market intelligence: information on commodities, companies, farms, agricultural inputs and infrastructure
    • Food assistance programs
  2. Market research and sector studies
    • Scoping, reviews and assessments
  3. Market systems and value chain analysis
  4. Price analysis (farm gate to market/export)
  5. Business linkages formation
  6. Market & inclusive development consulting
  7. Investment advisory consulting
    • Agricultural investment promotion
    • Outgrower scheme development
    • Sovereign wealth fund scoping studies


  1. Agriculture:
    • Oil palm
    • Rubber
    • Cocoa
    • Coffee
    • Rice
    • Cassava
    • Maize
    • Legumes
    • Nuts
    • Vegetables & fruits
      • Vegetable oil
  2. Food Industry
  3.  Mining:
    • Iron ore
  4. Energy:
    • Renewable energy
    • Petroleum
  5. Infrastructure


  1. Access to and cost of transportation
    • Post harvest lost
  2. Access and cost of finance
  3. Access and cost of electricity
  4. Land tenure
  5. Operational efficiency
  6. Marketing
  7. Input supply
  8. Food security
  9. Crop yields
  10. Agricultural service delivery


Our consultants are knowledgeable with the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) and inclusive development methodologies.

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