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Focus on... Value chains

Value chains can be understood or defined in several ways. For some, they are synonymous with the people in a supply chain. For others, a value chain is a series of processes adding value to a basic product. But however defined, the importance of building and strengthening an entire chain rather than focussing on just one or two stages or players, is increasingly recognised. Unless an entire chain consists of strong links, pulling together - and each individually profiting from that activity - the processes that create a viable economic enterprise are likely to break down and any development benefits will be lost. Focus on value chains highlights five projects in Africa and the Pacific, illustrating some of the factors that go into making these chains both effective and durable.

Value chains - built to last?

Value chains - built to last?

Value chains in Kenya and Uganda for improved smallholder production of mangoes and passion fruit have been strengthened by Project Nurture, which aims to bring more than 50,000 smallholders (at least 30 per cent women) into the fruit value chain by 2014.

Date published: July 2013

Bringing new producers to market

Bringing new producers to market

Since 2008 TWIN, a UK-based ethical trading organisation, has been working with the Sopacdi coffee co-operative on the shores of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo to create access to international markets for its high quality coffee.

Date published: July 2013

Paving the way for Fijian ginger

Paving the way for Fijian ginger

With the support of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, a Fijian ginger processing company has expanded into new international markets and improved the supply chain, enabling farmers to produce more and better quality ginger.

Date published: July 2013

Revolutionary road trip on the sorghum trail

Revolutionary road trip on the sorghum trail

Building a value chain based on cultivation of sorghum to supply a national brewing company is bringing new wealth and opportunities to communities in semi-arid central Kenya.

Date published: July 2013

Strengthening Ethiopia's bean trade

Strengthening Ethiopia's bean trade

The industrial division of an Italian-based pulse processor has been working to open up new, high-value, export markets in Europe to smallscale Ethiopian bean farmers. New state of the art crop processing technologies have been introduced, supported by training in good agricultural practices, improvement of seed, and work to strengthen farmer organisations.

Date published: July 2013

 

 

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