Connectivity within supply chains is not easy to achieve, especially as competitiveness in developing and least developed countries may be weak. This constraint also affects food chains in these countries. Farmers face many challenges in improving their competitiveness and developing mutually beneficial linkages to buyers in food chains. Understanding the requirements of all players and taking a longer term approach to creating and nurturing strong partnerships can provide the key to unlocking these challengers. Developing better connections between suppliers and buyers can be achieved by strengthening supplier commitment. Large buyers should focus on strategies for long-term supply including a supplier development component. Despite the inherent challenges, high levels of competitiveness can be reached in food supply chains in least developed countries. With proper funding supported by donor and recipient coordination, beneficial results can be achieved through long-term approaches built on the strength of cooperative partnerships and economies of scale.