Component 2: Research on Production to Consumption Systems
PCSs comprise the entire set of actors, materials, activities, services, and institutions involved in growing and harvesting a particular commodity, transforming it into higher value product and marketing the final product. The system includes the technologies used to grow and process the material, as well as the social, institutional and economic environment in which these processes operate. The definition and conceptual details of PCSs are given in Appendix 1
The emphasis on PCSs is a simple reflection of the fact that agricultural growth in India is increasingly market driven and that the challenge to raise income and welfare to the agricultural community has to be met in a market context. The PCS implies a higher priority to among others, post-harvest processing, quality management and safety issues. The importance of the market also implies a shift in attention to products with large market and income growth potential.