The CIMMYT socioeconomics Program aims to help prioritize, target, understand and enhance wheat and maize interventions to make the greatest impact. It helps optimize the use of research resources, accelerates the uptake of innovations and enhances impacts and their social inclusiveness for poor producers and consumers of wheat and maize in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In the prospective (ex-ante) phase of research-to-development, the program helps with positioning, prioritizing and foresight. In the implementation phase, it helps to keep or adjust the trajectory of activities by providing current perspectives on progress, process and operational issues. In the retrospective (ex-post) phase, it helps to document impact and draw out lessons. Cross-cutting research ensures social and gender inclusiveness. The program provides guidance on whether interventions are making changes that are transforming agriculture and rural landscapes.
Diverse research approaches and social science expertise, including economics, agribusiness, policy, geography and anthropology and is an integral part of four CGIAR Research Programs: MAIZE; WHEAT; Climate Change; Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS); and Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM).