Value Chains for Sustainable Development by rlb27893


									    Capacity Development & Institutional Change Programme

              Value Chains for Sustainable Development
                                                               development; Value Chains for Sustainable Development
Value chain thinking is revolutionising agriculture and the    bottlenecks and opportunities for meeting quality and
                                                               safety standards by small-scale producers in the South;
food industry. A fundamental shift has occurred from
agricultural production to a much broader set of concerns      pro-poor public-private-partnerships; and applying
related to consumer demand, marketing and the                  multi-stakeholder analysis in value chain development.
coordination of product flows from producer to
consumer. This has been partly driven by the globalisation     Work on this theme has grown rapidly for the Programme
of procurement systems in the food retail sector, where        over the past year. We are active participants in a
traceability and meeting quality and safety standards are      Wageningen UR-wide value chain initiative supported by
critical. But even for local, national and regional markets    the Netherlands Directorate-General for International
the value chain concept is increasingly important, as it       Cooperation (DGIS). We are a partner in the international
acknowledges that production must be linked to demand          ‘Regoverning Markets’ project (led by the International
and the critical role of organising the flow from farmer to    Institute for Environment and Development, UK), which
consumer. For development and poverty alleviation, value       examines the ongoing restructuring in agri-food chains
chain thinking means improving the flow from production        (including the growing power of supermarkets in food
to consumption, thereby stimulating economic growth as         retail). To address the critical question how to generate
well as allowing resource-poor actors to generate              policy conditions to enable smallholders to participate in
income. A critical concern is how markets can work better      these restructuring market chains, CD&IC staff have
for the poor. This requires developing policies that           organised several national policy dialogues. Much of the
stimulate the conditions for poor households to gain to        work requested by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and
access economic opportunities. Critically important is         Food Quality has a value chain focus. This has led us to
assisting small-scale producers to further develop their       engage with new initiatives in Slovenia, Brazil, Ethiopia,
entrepreneurial skills and secure access to the services       Russia, Turkey, Indonesia, Kenya, Vietnam, Mexico and
(finance, information, technology, etc.) they need.            China, involving diverse commodities, such as fruit and
                                                               vegetables, fish, flowers and grains. Our courses ‘Market
CD&IC assists policy makers, producer organisations,           Access and Sustainable Development’ and ‘Food Industry
agribusiness and development NGOs in analysing and             and Agribusiness’, in which a value chain perspective is
responding to the challenges of developing sustainable         central, continue to attract strong demand. We see a
chain management. The multi-stakeholder perspective we         growing demand for services to support participatory
take helps build the capacities and institutional conditions   value chain analysis, elaboration of multi-actor interven-
needed to develop profitable and sustainable value             tions, and the facilitation of change processes within value
chains. Our efforts focus on four areas: strengthening the     chains.
role of producer organisations in pro-poor value chain

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