Documents

Using value chain approaches in agribusiness and agriculture

‘A value chain is a sequence of steps involved in the process of production to market delivery of a product. It provides a means of understanding relationships between businesses, methods for increasing efficiency, and ways to enable businesses to increase productivity and add value. Link | Read more...

Research principles for developing country food value chains

This report is authored by a range of experts from universities and research institutes around the world, including the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre in Kenya and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Link | Read more...

Value chains, donor interventions and poverty reduction: A review of donor practice

Reflecting donor agencies’ increased interest in value chains, this report from the Institute of Development Studies examines how poverty alleviation was investigated in 30 projects. The authors, John Humphrey and Lizbeth Navas-Alemán, found that... Link | Read more...

Under what conditions are value chains effective tools for pro-poor development?

Some poor households can benefit from participation in formal supply chains, not just as smallholder producers, but also as wage labourers in production or processing, and as providers in the service markets that support value chains. Link | Read more...

Governance, coordination and distribution along commodity value chains

This paper was produced by the Trade and Market Division of the FAO in 2007. It was compiled in the light of significant changes which are taking place in the value chains of many agricultural commodities, particularly fresh products destined for supermarket shelves. Link | Read more...

Value chains versus supply chains

The concept of a Value Chain has existed for twenty years but we find it still is an unclear concept. It has been suggested that the third generation supply chain is based on customer intimacy and is fully synchronized. | Read more...

Value chains of agricultural commodities and their role in food security and poverty alleviation

Agricultural Economics Research Review; Vol. 24 January-June 2011 pp 169-181. This paper is a synthesis of many research projects on value chains for smallholder and poor farmers in India. The last section of the article is dedicated to research into the role that ICTs have in enabling development. | Read more...

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