Brand new guide: Value Chain developing while the bad

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A fast entry right here when I wish to aim individuals in direction of brand new assortment of studies on value chains. Value Chains – Value Chain developing while the bad: Promise, Delivery, and Opportunities for influence at Scale, modified by Jason Donovan (CIMMYT), Dietmar Stoian (World Agroforestry), and Jon Hellin (IRRI) is posted by Practical Action Publishing. Its available as a download that is free or you can order a physical copy.

The collection of 16 papers/chapters from practitioners and researchers is broken down in three sectionsas it provided a nice snapshot of the development of thinking in the value chain sector:

Part I: Context for Value Chain Development

Part II: Design and Implementation of VCD

Part III: Assessment and Outcomes of VCD

The first entry, Chapter 1, “Putting value chain development into perspective: Evolution, blind spots, and promising avenues”, I found particularly interesting. The development of some ideas into the VC field is lower than hassle free, with a slew of terminology with ambiguous and meanings that are overlapping. As a practitioner, I am frequently asked to explain the difference between ‘Value Chains’, ‘Market Systems’, ‘Markets for the Poor (M4P)’, ‘Market-Based’, and a host that is whole of terms. Just what represents a approach that is new new methodology and what is simply a rebranding?

It’s not surprising at all when even the experts can debate over where the lines are drawn: At the start of conferences and meetings in the sector, it is not uncommon to have to those leading the meeting define the terms to be used. 

The author’s take on this is to frame the development of concepts and focuses since the early days of the field (1980s) as driven by ‘Issues-Attention Cycles’. As ever, we are eager to move on the next ‘big thing’ or bullet that is silver. Regardless of the motorist, the writers snapshot is effective for placing our work with perspective:(*)Another point of great interest they acknowledge the need to blend in non-market-based approaches to ensure that the most vulnerable can be reached and made market-ready for me was that while the authors highlight the successes of the approach. The need to take an asset-based approach, encouraging practitioners to assist households to meet a minimum asset threshold before being enabled to engage in value chain programming.(* in chapter 12, “Value chain development for rural poverty reduction: A reality check and a warning” the authors highlight The writers are interviewed by CGIAR, assessing their very own guide.(*)And yes, used to do offer an endorsement that is official this book (in the ‘Praise for this book’ page). I am firmly of the view that promotion of a written book by which you offer a promotion isn’t self-promotion.(*)