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The final report of the case study will have the form of:

  • (a) one sheet with killer facts, ready for distribution to policy platforms, private companies, farmer organisations and NGOs; and
  • (b) a Journal-type article, ready for publication. The article will be written in the main language of the country in which the case study is conducted, and once reviewed, approved and edited, will be translated into English. The maximum length of the article will be of 8,000 words, including the full content, from the title to the list of references. If necessary, more than one such article can be prepared and submitted per case study, in order to cover all the important aspects of the case study; in this case, each article must be self-standing, in the sense that the reader must be able to understand it without necessarily having to read the full set of articles.

Table of Contents for the journal article:

1. Executive summary– A comprehensive executive summary is essential. It must give clear and sufficient information about the background of the case study, the methods used, results and conclusions and recommendations.

2. Background – This section will provide descriptive information about the case study, its contexts, and its relevance for the country and/or region as well as for the Regoverning Markets Programme.

3. Literature review – This section will review the relevant literature concerning the case study and the issues involved in the case study. It will highlight the knowledge gaps which the case study addresses, and why these are important from the perspectives of policy (public and private) and of policy research.

4. Methods – This section will present in detail the methods used to conduct the case study, both for data collection and analysis. The choice of methods will be justified. If standard, well established methods are used, this section can be shortened by providing references to the appropriate literature were the methods are described in greater detail.

5. Results – This section will present the major findings of the case study, following the methodological framework and the case study questions described in detail in section 3 of this document. If convenient for clarity of presentation, this section can be merged with the next one (Discussion).

6. Discussion – In this section the implications of the results will be drawn out. It is essential that the overall objectives and research questions of the Regoverning Markets Programme be used as key reference points for this analysis, as the case study is expected to contribute to meeting precisely those objectives and answering those questions.

7. Conclusions and recommendations – This section will highlight the critical factors that have enabled or hindered the inclusion of the small-scale producers and rural SMEs in restructured markets, as well as the lessons learnt.

8. References – a complete list of references cited in the text will be provided.