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Identifying a potential value chain




A region-specific scoping study identifies all the value chains that could probably be developed into a successful enterprise. The process of selecting a value chain is iterative such that value chains are first selected and then within the value chains the interventions are selected.

Important criteria for identification of a value chain include:

  1. They should have a potentially large impact. This is necessary to meet the objectives of the activity and has three dimensions

A. How many people are affected (the easiest to report)

B. by how much does each person affected gets benefitted (difficult to measure

and report but vital to try and)

C. Understand who these people are and how benefits are distributed in relation

to key social differentiation (wealth, gender, age, ethnicity, migration status, etc.)

2. Prospects for tractable interventions and comparisons that could yield useful results

from planned interventions. This is the route through which the project makes progress.

3. They should be demand-driven in the context of development partners since we will

need to work with these partners to effect interventions and comparisons.

4. There should be identifiable private sector partners who can be approached to join

co-investment forums.

5. They are more desirable where there are co-benefits to smallholder livelihood

systems from the development of the value chain.

6. They are more tractable where they match competence within and available to the

project team.

7. They should have the potential to impact women and young people.

8. Clear institutional access is necessary to affect change.

9. Supportive policy context within which interventions can be developed.




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