Recent research collaboration with leading institutions.

October 10, 2014


The William Davidson Institute (WDI), at the University of Michigan, pioneered the Base of the Pyramid initiative (C.K. Prahalad) that aligns business – oriented incentives for growth, innovation, and profits with the development community’s efforts to create a more inclusive capitalism for the world’s poorest. WDI is a global leader in this market – based approach to poverty alleviation and its researchers are collaborating with COSA on indicators and approaches for agricultural assessments of relatively poor producers. Together we are mutually adding new dimensions to our assessment work.



The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) that anchors a community of 16 major donors and dozens of Advanced Research Institutes. They are a leading research partner for solutions to hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in dozens of countries around the world, particularly in Africa. The COSA partnership with IITA initially focuses on advancing sustainability research methods in food crops and coffee. Together we are building capacity in local institutions to conduct multi-dimensional impact assessments.